Anna C. Clifford, Ed.D., Professor of Education
January 15, 2009 - Dr. Anna Clifford and Dr. Michael M. Grant (The University of Memphis) presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology 2008 Conference in Orlando, Florida, November 5-9. The conference theme was On the Horizon: Rays to the Future. Dr. Clifford’s two concurrent sessions aligned with the theme’s Educational Transformation and focused on exemplar teachers who were considered to be effective integrators of technology and the changes that have taken place in the professional development of the teachers.
The first session was entitled Teachers: Shaping Professionally and Becoming Technology Integrators.
Teachers have faced numerous barriers preventing them from integrating technology, including access to technology, preparation time, and technical support. However, many teachers have overcome these barriers. Contrastly, this study explored enablers that shaped or influenced teachers to become technology integrators. A quantitative survey and qualitative focus groups were combined to study this topic and address the lack of findings in this area.
The second session was entitled The Professional Growth of Technology Integrators.
Technology integration is a developmental process. Studies contend that teachers move through stages of development while achieving knowledge, changing their attitudes, and embracing the integration of technology. This study sought to identify how the integration of technology has influenced the professional growth of teachers during this developmental process. A quantitative survey and qualitative focus groups were combined to study this topic and address the lack of findings in this area.