Date Approved

4-15-2005

Embargo Period

4-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

Academic achievement--New Jersey; Educational technology--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

Many research studies have found that educational technology that is accessible, equitable, and properly used can make a significant difference in students' academic performance. The purpose of this study was to determine if Wildwood Crest Memorial School had a well-orchestrated technology plan, which addressed the technological needs of students and teachers and to determine what impact technology had on student learning. A survey developed by the Southeast and Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC) was used to collect data from students and teachers. An analysis of the data found that the district goals and objectives were being met with the integration of technology into the curriculum and instruction. Technology as a tool was used to stimulate higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. Students' mastery of academic content improved significantly utilizing collaborative and globalized learning and, as such, accelerated, enriched, and deepened students' understanding of the curriculum.

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