Exploring the Elements of a Classroom Technology Applications Implementation Framework

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This paper proposes a preliminary Framework of Classroom Technology Applications Implementation, drawing from in-depth classroom data collected from 59 teachers from September 2011 to February 2012. The preliminary framework provides a tool to describe and categorize teacher implementation of technology applications in four areas: a taxonomy of technology applications, alignment with STEM inquiry methods, relevance to real-world contexts, and pedagogical practices that encourage students to engage in active learning and critical thinking. The paper concludes with a description of three teacher groups based on the framework and an analysis of differences between teachers who have participated in technology-intensive professional development and those who have not. This paper was presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco.



Caroline Parker, Christina Bonney, Michelle Schamberg (EDC authors), Cathlyn Stylinski (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), Carla McAuliffe (TERC)

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27 pp.