Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2018

Document Type

Manuscript

Department

Teacher Education

Degree Name

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning

First Advisor

Dana Mayhall

Second Advisor

Andrew Huddleston

Abstract

Interactive whiteboards are an integral part of many elementary classrooms. These boards are becoming increasingly common in the early childhood setting. This study looks at how the interactive whiteboard impacts engagement in a Head Start, pre-kindergarten classroom. This study was done by teaching math small groups, both with and without the use of the interactive whiteboard, and recording the results in regards to engagement. Interviews, surveys, checklists, tally sheets, and journaling were used to garner both teacher and student perceptions about the use of the interactive whiteboard. This study found that interactive whiteboards increased direct instruction engagement and were perceived overall as positive by students. The study also revealed that using the interactive whiteboard with hands-on manipulatives increased engagement. The last finding in this study was that engagement is affected by a variety of factors and should be accounted for when implementing new technology or routines into the classroom.

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