C&I Doctoral Students Present Symposium on 21st Century Learning Environments

Posted on 4/10/2017 1:07:53 PM

Curriculum and Instruction doctoral students and Crystal Machado, Department of Professional Studies in Education, presented a symposium on March 6, 2017, at the Society for Information and Teacher Education’s Conference in Austin, Texas. 

The symposium, titled “Are Parents, Teachers and Principals Ready and Able to Create Technology Rich 21st Century Learning Environments? Suggestions from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” brought together five empirical studies related to the theme of technology integration in K-12 schools.  

Paper 1, authored by Rachel Schiera: “A Look at One-to-One Laptop Initiatives and 21st Century Skills Development in High Schools through the Lens of Activity Theory”

Paper 2, authored by Brett Tozer: “Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to Understand Pennsylvania High School Teachers’ Intended Use of Social Media as a Pedagogical Tool”

Paper 3, authored by Melissa Calderon: “A Mixed Methods Approach to Investigating Online Reputation Management Curriculum in Pennsylvania Public Schools”

Paper 4, authored by Crystal Machado: “Principals’ Perceptions of the Factors that Facilitate and Constrain Digital, Media and Global Literacy Development in Teachers and Students: A Qualitative Study in Pennsylvania”

Paper 5, authored by Crystal Machado and Ying Jiang: “Changes in Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions about TPACK Skill Development Following a Semester Long Field Experience”

Ibrahim, session moderator, provided a brief overview of the session, introduced the panelists, and invited session attends to consider the design of each paper and its significance nationally and internationally. Schiera described how activity theory is being used to examine the relationship between one-to-one laptop initiatives and 21st-century skill development.

Tozer illustrated how the Theory of Planned Behavior is being used to examine teachers intended use of social media.

Calderon described how Situational Learning Theory is being used to understand how public schools embed online reputation management into school curriculum.

Machado, associate professor, described how principals’ perceptions of the factors that support and constrain digital, media, and global literacy skill development in teachers and students. 

Finally, Ying Jiang highlighted the findings of a paper she coauthored with Machado. Jiang described how pre-service teachers’ perceptions of the influence their preparation program had on their developing TPACK skills.  

Discussant Huachuan Wen, assistant professor at Neuman University, critiqued the papers and highlighted the national and international significance of the theme and the five studies.