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.
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
2, authored by Brett Tozer: “Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to
Understand Pennsylvania High School Teachers’ Intended Use of Social Media as a
3, authored by Melissa Calderon: “A Mixed Methods Approach to
Investigating Online Reputation Management Curriculum in Pennsylvania Public
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”
5, authored by Crystal Machado and Ying Jiang: “Changes in Pre-service
Teachers’ Perceptions about TPACK Skill Development Following a Semester Long
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
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.
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