Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Colette M. Taylor

Second Advisor

Nicole Franklin

Third Advisor

Ted Kalmus; Trenia Walker

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore how schools educate students in the use of digital technology. Using a concurrent mixed methods case study approach, the researchers identified potential barriers for schools in educating students in the use of digital technology. Additionally, this study identified factors that provide effective use of technology in schools, which can educate students with the necessary skills to serve their community and society in the future. Researchers sampled school leaders and district administrators of all school districts within King County. Data was collected from a document review and online survey questions to conduct a thematic narrative analysis (Maitlis, 2012). Findings converged and were triangulated for greater depth and analysis (Fitzpatrick, Sanders, & Worthen, 2011). Recommendations were provided and corroborated with those found in scholarly literature.

This study showed that the greatest factors impacting the education of students in the use of digital technology in school districts are (a) access to digital technology, (b) financing technology and the bureaucracy of getting financial support, and (c) literacy and professional development of students and teachers. Knowledge of these factors may assist county leaders in helping school districts and leaders in the integration of digital technology in schools to enhance the teaching and learning process and increase digital equity.

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