Date of Award/Publication

2002

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

Abstract

Computer-based technology has been implemented in schools throughout America with the goal of improving student learning and teaching practices, and preparing individuals for a highly technical world. However, due to lack of research and proper assessment, technology's impact on education is virtually unknown. The purpose of the study was to create an assessment tool that would measure student learning of content and technological skills. Three case studies of fourth-grade students were conducted while completing Internet and multimedia activities. Utilizing the qualitative methodologies of interviewing, field notes, journals, student work, and written artifacts, data was collected on how computer technology impacts student learning and achievement. A rubric with performance indicators was developed to measure the content and technological skills students learned while completing computer-based activities. The advantages and disadvantages of integrating the Internet and multimedia software into curriculum, applying an assessment tool to new situations, and the future of educational technology are discussed.

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