Teaching with One-to-One Mobile Technology: Using Phenomenology to Create a Rich Portrait of Teacher Experience and Beliefs
Tuesday, March 7 10:45 AM-11:15 AM
Underlying beliefs of teachers influence technology integration. New technologies in the classroom change its ecosystem, and using phenomenology to understand the change can explicate impact on beliefs and teacher identity. Despite the possibilities of phenomenology, research on 1:1 using this methodology remains thin. This study fills that gap by using phenomenological research methods to draw a rich portrait of teacher experience when effectively integrating 1:1 technology in the classroom. The study found that teachers who effectively integrate 1:1 technology demonstrate a belief in the value of technology, a student-first focus, a professional commitment to growth through reflection, and experience a tension in their relationship with their district. The study concludes that school and district leaders should honor existing teacher beliefs and teacher voice in order to empower teachers to effect change in their classroom using effective integration of 1:1 technology.