Allen Rabinovich | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Exploring a Framework for Blended Professional Development to Increase Classroom Technology Adoption

Allen Rabinovich, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

This integrative project aims to increase technology adoption in the classroom by designing a blending learning framework for professional development (PD). If proven effective, the framework will then be converted into a PD program offered by the author’s company to train after-school technology instructors throughout New York City in summer 2017. The problem lies in that less than half of teachers who have access to technology report using it during instructional time (Gray, Thomas, & Lewis, 2010). This is likely due to three barriers: lack of belief, lack of time, and lack of PD (Kopcha, 2012). A literature review was conducted to better understand the barriers and offer a model to overcome the latter two. The logic is that by curbing two of the three barriers, it might increase the rate of technology adoption and thereby help create a framework for an effective PD program. A blended learning model is most appropriate to solve this challenge because it combines the efficacy of in-person PD workshops with the convenience of an online course (Garrison & Kanuka, 2004). The PD program designed for this project involves a custom-built, moderated online platform, which contains a full online course and video communication tools to allow for peer discussion. The course is also bookended by two full-day workshops, which will frame the course for participants and improve their motivation to finish it. The curriculum for this program is currently in progress and is set to be complete by April 2017.

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