Date of Award

1-30-2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)

Department

Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Patricia Smeaton, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Joseph F. Marcoline, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Beth Rajan Sockman, Ph.D.

Abstract

For the past few decades, the world has experienced a technological explosion that has revolutionized many areas of life and has left educators with the responsibility of incorporating technology into their classroom pedagogy. Experts in the field of technology and education have compiled a list of skills that they believe are essential for all students to achieve as part of the K-12 curriculum. These skills, referred to as basic economic, technological, and scientific literacy; global awareness, self-direction, creativity, effective communication, and interpersonal skills. The Pennsylvania Department of Education embraced the need for all students to acquire these skills with the Classrooms for the Future (CFF) program in 2006. This study examined teachers' perceptions about the impact of the CFF program relative to the acquisition of the 21st Century Skills associated with the use of blogs and wikis by students and teachers who have been involved with the program since its inception in 2006. Results from this study indicate teachers believe students who used either a blog or a wiki increased their 21st Century Skills. Collaboration, communication, basic literacy, digital literacy, and global awareness skills all increased after using a blog or a wiki. In addition, results indicated a change in teacher practice from a teacher led classroom to a student centered classroom environment. And finally, teachers perceived that as students acquired 21st Century Skills and teachers changed their classroom practice, students became empowered to take control of their learning.

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