Date of Award

5-2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Mathematics

First Advisor

Dr. Carol J. Bell

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel L. Driscoll

Third Advisor

Dr. John D. Best

Abstract

This project will focus on answering two questions about the use of an interactive whiteboard in the mathematics classroom. 1) What effect does the use of an interactive whiteboard in the mathematics classroom have on student achievement? 2) What training is provided by a school district so that teachers can learn to adequately use newly acquired technology? The first question was answered by selecting two homogenous classes; one with an interactive whiteboard and one without. Both the experimental and control group were administered a pre-test at the beginning of a unit and a post-test at the end of that unit. A paired sample t-test was used to determine whether there was a significant difference between the means. The experimental and control group together were made up of forty-three Math B students that were similar in gender, age, ability and performance. The second question was answered by attending the training session on the interactive whiteboard provided to a school district in New York State and by analyzing survey data collected from two school districts on training received on the interactive whiteboard.

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