Connected Education: Teachers’ Attitudes towards Student Learning in a 1:1 Technology Middle School Environment
Tian Luo, Old Dominion University, United States ; Alexander Murray, Ohio University, United States
Journal of Online Learning Research Volume 4, Number 1, ISSN 2374-1473 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Online and blended forms of learning has been increasingly common in K-12 settings, along with the technological advancement with always-on and connected devices. The study purports to understand teachers’ attitudes towards the middle school’s 1:1 policy and students’ frequent use of always-on and connected technology, as well as their concerns about middle school students’ capabilities of using mobile devices and technologies in 1:1 environments. Using a transcendental phenomenological approach, data was obtained through semi-structured interviews, pre- and post- teacher open-ended surveys, along with classroom and lab observations. The study concluded that teachers typically embraced student use of school issued connected technology, as well as personal, connected mobile devices in a 1:1 environment. Meanwhile, teachers are cognizant of the potential drawbacks, implementing differing strategies to balance the use of such device for productive classroom learning and student engagement of personal non-course related activities. The pivotal role of teacher guidance is reiterated by teachers’ perceptions of students’ inability to engage in self-directed and self-motivated learning. The challenges reveal what middle school teachers’ may face when planning a curriculum and instruction for connected digital age learners.
Luo, T. & Murray, A. (2018). Connected Education: Teachers’ Attitudes towards Student Learning in a 1:1 Technology Middle School Environment. Journal of Online Learning Research, 4(1), 87-116. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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