Examining the impact a media distribution system has on a high school classroom environment: A case study
Robert Paul Abraham, Northern Illinois University, United States
Northern Illinois University . Awarded
This study reports on the impact of the Dukane Smartsystem on a high-school classroom environment. In addition to the main question, four corollary questions are studied: What do students, teachers, and support personnel report regarding how the classroom has changed by having access to this system? Do teachers believe they are more or less efficient with access to this system? What do students, teachers, and support personnel perceive and report as the impact of this system on student learning? Do students, teachers, and support personnel perceive a media distribution system as a technology tool for classrooms in the future?
For this qualitative study, data from written teacher surveys and interviews with students, teachers, and support personnel were collected. The findings of the study were divided into two categories: the positive findings and the areas of concern. The major positive findings were as follows: (a) participants enjoyed not having to worry about sending and receiving carts of audio/visual equipment; (b) the system allowed class instruction to be more spontaneous; (c) classrooms with a media distribution system were more efficient than traditional classrooms; (d) teaching styles became more hands-off, and student participation styles became more hands-on; (e) teachers were more judicious in their use of video; (f) teachers noted that needs of visual learners were more easily addressed; and (g) participants enjoyed the ability to show the same media in multiple classrooms simultaneously.
The major areas of concern were (a) participants did not like the fact that the videocassette recorder was not actually in the classroom; (b) teachers expressed a belief that the 27-inch monitor size was too small; (c) a majority of the teachers surveyed said they did not really need all the “bells and whistles” of a media distribution system; (d) the majority of the teachers expressed that there should have been more inservice training provided; and (e) problems in running and maintaining the media distribution system were identified.
This study also identified some important ideas that a school should consider before purchasing a media distribution system and made recommendations for future research.
Abraham, R.P. Examining the impact a media distribution system has on a high school classroom environment: A case study. Ph.D. thesis, Northern Illinois University.
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