The Relationship Between Professional Development and the Use of Web 2.0 Tools

The Relationship Between Professional Development and the Use of Web 2.0 Tools

Available technology proven to increase student engagement and achievement is under-utilized in contemporary classrooms. Despite evidence proving the effectiveness of this new technology, Web 2.0 tools in the classroom remain underused. New educational initiatives such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Project-Based Learning (PBL) further justify the use of Web 2.0 tools in education due to the platform agnostic nature of many of the applications and the reduced cost to districts for technical support and maintenance.

This quantitative, correlational study helps illuminate whether there is a relationship between the amount and/or type of professional development in which teacher participated and their subsequent use of Web 2.0 tools. The results from this study help to establish contributing factors facilitating implementation of Web 2.0 tools for teachers.

Web 2.0 tools in education emphasize a social constructivist approach in education. People who encounter new situations use those opportunities to test previous constructs, adjust them to their new situation, discard ideas and concepts that are no longer useful, and develop new conceptual frameworks that incorporate new information. From the perspectives of teachers learning to use Web 2.0 tools in their classrooms, teachers implementing Web 2.0 tools to maximum effect, and students learning in this new framework, the social constructivist model gains significant utility with Web 2.0 lessons in use.

The research questions and findings are as follows:

RQ1. What is the relationship between the type of professional development and the teachers’ usage of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom? Analysis indicates there is a relationship between the type of professional development teachers experience and their subsequent use of Web 2.0 tools.

RQ2. What is the relationship between the amount of professional development and teachers’ use of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom? Analysis indicates there is a relationship between the amount of professional development teachers experience and subsequent use of Web 2.0 tools.

RQ3. What is the relationship between demographic attributes of teachers on teachers’ use of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom? The analysis indicates there is not a relationship between demographic attributes and teachers’ subsequent use of Web 2.0 tools in their classrooms.

The results indicate that there is a positive correlation between the amount of professional development teachers experienced and their use of those tools in their respective classrooms. Additionally, there was a more significant relationship between the types of professional development teachers experienced and their subsequent use of Web 2.0 tools. This presentation will delineate the results of the study and provide insights into ways educational leaders can encourage the use of Web 2.0 tools to increase academic achievement.

Event Day and Time (AZ/MST timezone): 
August 14, 2018 10:30 am MST
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