Tech Be Nimble
Tomorrow, my research partner and I travel to Washington, DC, to present our research at this year's American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. Our study is about co-teachers' technology integration decision-making. (For clarification, and since the term co-teaching gets applied to lots of different classroom scenarios, our study took place in two classrooms that were co-taught by a general educator and a special educator; the two teachers worked together to plan and teach lessons and students with IEPs and 504s were taught in the classroom alongside their peers.)
As any readers in academia will appreciate, we completed this research quite a while ago, but it's just now seeing the light of day. One of the conditions of presenting at this conference was that we not publish our work in any journal prior to presenting it at the conference. We will be applying to a couple of journals after presenting, but for the benefit of those who read my blog and those who attend our roundtable discussion at AERA, I thought I'd share our work here as well.
For the benefit of those who don't have time for 35 pages of research but are curious to know more about our study, I'm also attaching our handout from the conference--it's only two pages long and provides a very concise overview of our study, theoretical framework, and findings. Spoiler alert! The teachers in our study made decisions about integrating technology in the classroom based on what was practical and on whether the given technology created a relative advantage over the non-tech alternative. (And if you want to know more about relative advantage, you should definitely read--at least parts of--Rogers' Diffusion of Innovations. It is one of my favorite reads and may change the way you see the world. Unless you're a laggard; then you probably won't *even* get it.)
Here's our handout:
And here's the full paper (it's still a DRAFT, so please forgive any formatting/typographical issues) if you want to read all the details and mine our reference list:
If you're one of my 15,000+ colleagues traveling to AERA, let's connect! Comment below or email me!
Needs change. Technology changes. The best educational technology stays nimble.