First Advisor

Gayle Thieman

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors




Computer-assisted instruction -- Case studies, Individualized instruction -- Case studies, Educational technology, Teaching -- Aids and devices, Language arts (Elementary)




The use of technology in elementary classroom settings has been increasing every year. Many schools already included computer classes; however, recently there has been a large move towards individualized, or 1:1, technology as well. We now find certain schools have acquired tablets and laptops for each student – fully integrating modern technology with traditional instruction. However, in the effort to keep up with the surge of technology, schools may be ignoring the need for professional development and curriculum planning to support technology as a tool that enhances student learning. While working in an “Apple Distinguished” school that provided individual tablets as learning devices to fourth and fifth grade students, I observed teaching methods with technology. This research study focuses on 1:1 implementation techniques in fourth/fifth grade Language Arts and how students and teachers use these devices. As the researcher, I observed how two teachers used iPads to engage 50 fourth and fifth graders during a two-month observation period. The research data suggests that integrating 1:1 technologies, such as iPads, requires implementation guidelines, curriculum planning, and teacher professional development.


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