Date of Conferral

2018

Degree

Ph.D.

School

Education

Advisor

Amy White

Abstract

The rate of adoption of 1-to-1 computing in U.S. K-12 schools does not meet the

requirements of educational standards, and it is unclear why the requirements for use of

digital technology inside schools have still not been met. The purpose of this qualitative

case study was to analyze the thoughts of school leaders, classroom educators, and

technicians about the integration of 1-to-1 computing using Rogers's diffusion of

innovations theory as the framework. The research questions probed leader, teacher and

technician views of integrating 1-to-1 technology. Participants consisted of 1 school

leader, 1 technician, and 3 classroom educators from a Georgia school who consented to

be interviewed. Data were collected through a series of audio-recorded interviews.

Analysis consisted of open and axial coding of the transcripts of interviews, resulting in

themes addressing the research questions and supporting the framework. Results included

participants indicating that 1-to-1 technology has to be useful, observable, and â??try-able.â??

They responded that teacher input should be used in adoption of new technology, and

technology should come in a variety of forms, a 1-size-fits-all approach will not be

successful. Classroom educators indicated they used peers, trying and observing a

technology, and research as information sources when considering a new technology.

Funding emerged as the largest barrier in adoption of 1-to-1 computing. Reported

benefits included high student motivation, ability to self-pace course work, online

assessments, and preparation of students for future education and employment. Positive

social change may occur when decision makers use these findings to develop effective

integration of one-to-one computing to positively influence instruction and learning.

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