Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

Understanding Tech-Savvy Teachers: Identifying Their Characteristics, Motivation, and Challenges

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Publication Title

International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning

Volume

4

Issue/No.

1

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

Enormous funds have been expended to support integration of technology into the K-12 classroom environment and overall, not much has changed in the classroom with teachers who are not regular technology users. This study identified "tech-savvy" educators and examined the ways in which they report having learned what they know, challenges they identified in using the technology instructionally, and ways they used educational technology for professional and instructional activities. Through the use of a survey, several interviews, and a focus group, these educators described their motivation to be life-long learners, confidence to integrate instructional technology into their personal and professional lives regardless of the internal and external constraints placed upon them, and their views on funding, time, and support for their technology integration efforts.

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