Students in schools today are part of the 21st century which is forever changing. One aspect changing during the 21st century is technology and integrating technology into teaching The problem is reaching all learners in the classroom using technology
Students are living in a digital world so we as teachers have to turn the page from the traditional way of teaching students and engage them by incorporating technology into classrooms to motivate them.
Mission Statement: Irondale Middle School is committed to excellence in teaching and learning for all. Student Body ◦ 96% African American ◦ 3% Caucasian ◦ 1% Hispanic All teachers at Irondale Middle School are highly qualified
How can technology be used to engage and motivate students? Does technology integration increase student motivation, engagement, and interest?
Technology motivates students to learn Technology allows the learner to be more in control of their learning Students want to bring their technology experiences into the classroom to increase academic engagement.
Lack of resources for incorporating technology Lack of professional development to show teachers how to integrate technology Teacher attitudes about technology Administrators not being on board
◦ Participants: entire faculty at Irondale Middle School◦ Data Collection Strategies: extensive interaction, qualitative data, surveys, interviews, observations, faculty meetings, and discussions◦ February – April 2012
Data Analysis Making observations and taking notes as students are using various forms of technology Reflect as I am conducting my action research Develop new theories from my old theories
Recurring Themes Engagement Level of involvement Motivation Interest
Technology increases enthusiasm when incorporated into the curriculum Teachers should technology to engage and motivate students
Technology can promote students inquiry and critical thinking skills. Teachers can use technology to engage all learners and support instructional strategies. Add more professional development so that teachers are more comfortable using technology in the classroom