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Educational technology; Education, Elementary--Computer-assisted instruction;


The purpose of this paper is to examine technology integration in the elementary classroom setting. Technology is now considered to be an important part of a child's educational experience. Research has determined that students do not learn the same way they did years ago, thus schools are changing their methodologies on how to best serve the 21st century student. However, technology integration can not happen all at once; there are many barriers to technology integration. Some examples would be environmental barriers, curriculum issues, and the personal beliefs of the teachers.

School districts are addressing these problems to ensure that their students are getting an education that is enriched with technology. To overcome some of the barriers, like having time to learn how to use technology in the classroom, schools are providing staff development to support teachers in their learning. One-to-one computing and mobile labs are all different ways that schools can support technology integration. Colleges and universities are also developing programs so pre-service teachers will get technology training before entering the classroom. In order for students to compete in the 21st century they have to be taught with the 21 st century tools.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Mary C. Herring


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