Date of Award

12-7-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)

Department

Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Douglas Lare, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Susan Fello, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Craig Wilson, Ph.D.

Abstract

Education in the 21st century is a world of constant change with stakeholders facing many unknowns. Today’s schools are struggling to prepare students for careers that have not yet been created in a financially sound manner. Implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs have offered a solution to these problems by empowering students and teachers to utilize technology in a way which they are already familiar. This case study was conducted in a school district in Pennsylvania in an attempt to provide an in-depth look at the perceptions and uses of a BYOD program by 10th grade students and their teachers. The completed study consisted of three components: an online survey; student/ teacher interviews; and classroom observations. All data were collected and analyzed to identify common themes in a comparison of students and teachers based on their perceptions, frequency of use, and utilization of programming, as well as the types of devices currently being used. The results of the study identified a distinct difference between Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. Students are requesting to use the tools they have known since birth while teachers are looking for guidance and professional development on how to use these tools while participating in a monitored implementation. Despite the differences of the target groups, BYOD programming, along with professional development and structured guidelines, may be one instrument to assist today’s teachers in preparing 21st students for jobs that have not yet been created.

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