Degree Date

12-2016

Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Norman Weston

Second Advisor

Jack Denny

Abstract

In an effort to prepare its graduates with the 21st century skills of problem solving, collaboration, technology savvy, creativity, and information literacy and to close the learning gaps between students who have access to technology and those who don’t, this study proposes that District 123 create a policy to support a 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Using Browder’s needs analysis model, the impact of a 1:1 program is analyzed through the educational, social, political, economic and moral frames (Browder, 1995). It is determined that a 1:1 program can transform teaching and learning by giving equal access to technology, by incorporating student-driven and inquiry-based lessons that challenge students to meaningfully utilize resources outside the classroom walls and contribute their voice to the digital sphere. This transition requires significant human and financial capital, as well as careful planning, professional development, curricular and classroom modifications and thoughtful assessment mechanisms. A proposed budget and an assessment plan is included in the study.