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Instructional systems--Design; Rural schools; Educational technology--Planning;


How will small, rural school districts promote student learning by the design and integration of technology plans? In addition, other elements that affect the successful implementation of technology include time, money, and attitude. Realistic goals should be established based on these elements. Research included in this paper focuses on concepts and applications that could be implemented in a school with limited financial resources.

If technology is to have an impact on student learning, it must be used in ways that reflect a new understanding of learning. Technology not only may assist traditional instruction, but it may also aid in the transformation of education. This process must become more active and emphasize curiosity, social interaction, and problem-solving experiences.

Educational technology has existed since the turn of this century. Many students, teachers, and parents have observed this since the early 1980' s when the personal computer began appearing in our homes. The School Improvement Technology Act will enable public schools to implement technology equitably into the learning environment.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Sharon E. Smaldino


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