Do teachers who have a choice of computing platforms integrate technology into their classes more than those teachers who are not given that choice?
Possibe areas of exploration:
Note: the question here is NOT one of Mac vs. PC. Unfortunately, it often will degrade to that unless that is specifically stated. Instead, the question is one of choice. If the teacher chooses his or her own platform of instruction, all other things being equal (cost, base software, network access, projection devices, etc.), do the teachers integrate more technology into their classes. The platform choice, by itself, is not relevant to the research. The teachers surveyed and analyzed make that decision for their own personal reasons. It is important to note that they must be given free choice in the decision, as any perceived bias toward any one platform would bias the results and make them meaningless. However, with those caveats, it would be interesting to see the results.
Will teachers use multimedia more During Teaching
Does the use of multimedia tools enhance learning
Does use of multimedia tools increase comprehension
Does use of multimedia tools speed learning/mastery of content/standards/etc.
Will teachers encourage students to use technology more
Will home-school communication increase
Will email increase
Will teachers use web-based communication more
Will teachers use web pages to assign and/or maintain homework/homework lists
Will teachers expand their own knowledge to assist in class
Complete CTAP training
Participate in training conferences
Administrative resistance due to:
lack of forward thinking/understanding of teacher goals
lack of support
perceived/real cost increase
perceived lack of software
Teacher perception of lack of support for a particular platform
Additional unknown admin wants/needs
Unwillingness to relinquish control
What administrative barriers might exist that would limit the factors listed below?