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Title How deeper learning and 21st century skills influenced one suburban district's transition to 1:1 student technology
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Degree EdD
Discipline/Department School of Education
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher Northeastern University
Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine administrator, student, and teacher perceptions of organizational structures, systems, and supports implemented to aid technology integration, and the potential for that technology integration to achieve 21st century skill acquisition and deeper learning in a 1:1 environment. The Diffusion of Innovation Theoretical Framework guided the design and analysis of this study. Further, a literature review of the integration of technology into content and pedagogy informed this study. The overarching research question for this study asked how teachers, students, and administrators perceive the implementation of a 1:1 district-wide implementation initiative, and its impact on 21st century skill acquisition and deeper learning. As such, the study sought to answer the following questions: (1) How has the district organized itself to support technology integration by teachers with the specific intent of fostering deeper learning and 21st century skills? and (2) How do administrators, teachers, and students perceive the implementation of 1:1 and its impact on 21st century skills and deeper learning? An instrumental case study approach was used to explore and describe the perceptions of administrators, students and teachers using rich-description of their experiences. It is evident that the purposeful integration of technology in the 1:1 environment led to student acquisition of 21st century skills and deeper learning at the study site. In addition, the study revealed structures and supports necessary to facilitate 1:1 programs to foster deeper learning and 21st century skills including strong communication, robust infrastructure, long-range planning, stakeholder engagement, professional learning, collaboration and time. The findings of this study, along with the identification and analysis of related themes, have the potential to inform similar districts as they embark on the implementation of 1:1 programs to foster 21st century skills and deeper learning competencies.
Subjects/Keywords 1:1; 21st century skills; deeper learning; innovation; one to one; technology integration
Language en
Country of Publication us
Record ID handle:2047/D20248363
Repository neu
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2019-07-11

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…objectives, such as fostering deeper learning and the acquisition of 21st century skills. 10 Problem of Practice Understanding the research surrounding technology access and integration is critical, as public schools across the country are quickly moving to…

…Holcomb, 2009; OECD, 2015a), it is critical that educators understand the knowledge and skills that students need for college and career in defining the goals of 1:1. Studies point to the need for students to achieve deeper learning competencies and…

…studies, such as the American Institutes for Research (AIR) Deeper Learning Opportunities and Outcomes study and the Linked Learning Initiative in California, reveal that student engagement and success increase when teachers challenge students…

…x28;2011) point to these deeper learning and 21st century skills as the fundamental factors supporting 12 the integration of technology. They note that findings suggest technology integration has greater potential to enhance metacognitive…

…technology effectively to support the goals of student 21st century skill acquisition and deeper learning (Argueta, Huff, Tingen, & Corn, 2011; Holcomb, 2009; Topper & Lancaster, 2013). In connecting the purpose of 1:1 with these overarching goals…

…perceptions of the utility of technology integration to foster and support deeper learning and 21st century skill acquisition (Topper & Lancaster, 2013). Numerous studies indicate that student access to Internet-ready devices alone is not sufficient…

…teaching and learning in technology-rich environments (Mishra, Koehler & Henricksen, 2011). 13 Study Site The site for this study provides an opportunity to examine a 1:1 initiative aimed at achieving deeper learning and 21st century skill…

…Greendale provided students with 1:1 devices to support the integration of technology in teaching and learning, to improve student 21st century skill acquisition, and to foster deeper learning. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine administrator…