Date Approved

5-31-2004

Embargo Period

4-26-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Technology

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Molinari, Louis

Subject(s)

Educational technology; Learning--Research; Sixth grade (Education)--New Jersey

Disciplines

Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the effectiveness of infusing multimedia technologies in a regular classroom. The purpose of this study was also to demonstrate that with the use of technology, the students would better understand the important concepts covered in the social studies unit, as well as be motivated to learn.

Thirty sixth grade students conducted research using wireless laptops to find information about a prominent African-American who has made a positive contribution to our society. The control group created an oral presentation and constructed a replica in the form of a doll to represent their person. The experimental group created Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to present to the class.

Using a t-test with an independent sample to assess the data there were no significant differences in correlations between the control group and the experimental group, but with further studies and a larger group of students perhaps the difference would be significant.

If this study were conducted again, the students should be assessed for enthusiasm as well as content knowledge in the subject area.

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