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Educational technology; Education, Elementary -- Data processing;


The intent of this research was to measure how students' depth of understanding was affected by using smartphones in an elementary classroom, and what effects these cognitive tools had on students' abilities to express their level of understanding of the unit on Earth Changes. This empirical research took place for six weeks in the fall of 2011 with a class of eighteen Caucasian boys and girls of middle to low income economic status in a small town in Iowa. Students were a given a pre-test using traditional paper and pencil. Participants were split into two groups-with one group using traditional paper and pencil to do their assignments and the other group using smartphones. After approximately three weeks, students took the post-test; then the groups switched. A linear regression model was used to study the data from the research. The test demonstrated with 95% confidence that using mobile computing devices had a positive effect on test scores.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of Instructional Technology

First Advisor

Leigh E. Zeitz

Second Advisor

Joe Marchesani


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