Field of Research
This research proposal will focus on the field of teaching technology which aims at incorporating technological devices in teaching so that learning can be supplemented. It is regrettable that technology is growing at a very fast rate where new products are discovered on daily basis, yet the learning process is conducted manually in many learning institutions. It is, therefore, essential to research on application of technology in teaching career.
Research Topic: Use of New technology in Education
Institutions that use teaching technology use basic mobile devices including mp3 players, text messages, email messages, and multimedia services among others (Floro, 2011). However, specialists have developed new technology that has provided efficient applications for mobile devices.
Despite this technological evolution, researchers have concentrated on using the outdated functions and neglected the upcoming technology. This has created a research gap that forces learners uphold the old functionalities of mobile devices. This proposal will, therefore, investigate on the possibility of using the most recent applications to supplement learning and teaching. The investigation will aim at determining applications that can be used to facilitate education.
Benlamri (2012) suggest that mobile learning is the main teaching technology which is used in learning institutions. It focuses on the use of functionalities such as mp3 players, video players, and messaging services among others. The University of Abu Dhabi, which is found in the United Arabs Emirates, has opened a branch that focuses on mobile learning in order to encourage the embracement of this program (Benlamri, 2012).
However, they have experienced a lot of resistance from the teachers who are conservative towards mobile learning. In fact, researchers argue that the most significant factor that has hindered the prosperity of mobile learning is the conservative nature of the teachers. They believe that mobile learning, which encourages the operation of mobile devices in class, is extremely destructive since the devices might divert the students’ attention. This resistance hinders the process of implementing mobile learning and reduces the willingness of students to use it because they lack motivation from their instructors. The same resistance can be experienced when integrating new technology to the teaching career.
Regrettably, researchers have not conducted a study to identify strategies than can be used to eliminate this notion. This condition has created a research gap since researchers have not conducted a study to investigate on the application of new technology to the teaching career. In light of closing this gap, this proposal will focus on the strategies of reducing technological resistance and the possibility of integrating new technology like the iPad’s bloom taxonomy and the pedagogy wheel. These are examples of recent applications that can be used in teaching career.
Objective of the Study
The main aim of this study is to identify recent technology that has been discovered by technologist and how it can be used to facilitate learning. This objective will be fulfilled by collecting information from technologists, students, and teacher while seeking relevant information concerning the operation of these applications. This study will, therefore, close the research gap that is created due to the reluctance of institutions to update their current systems of mobile learning.
Methodology of Study
The target population comprises of student, lecturers and technologists. This study will collect data from the population through interviewing respondents so that the researchers can obtain the relevant information concerning new technology. In this light, the technologists will identify new applications that have been developed and provide relevant information of using those applications.
The researcher will then proceed to the student and lecturer to investigate the availability of this new technology in the learning institutions. In addition, teachers and students will be needed to suggest some possible ways of using new devices in accordance to learning and teaching. The analysis of data will be done parallel to data collection to allow for the inclusion of additional issues that emerge during data collection.
Sampling will follow random purposive sampling which incorporates two aspects that include randomness and purpose. The aspect of randomness ensures that the interviewer chooses the sample population randomly. This implies that the sample will not be chosen to obtain some desired result according to the preferences of the researcher. On the other hand, purpose will ensure that the respondents have relevant information regarding technology. As a result, the sample population will offer credible results that the researcher can use for making recommendations.
In light of carrying out this study, the researchers will use questionnaires which will guide them on the questions that they will pose to the respondents. These questionnaires will be flexible in order to allow for inclusion of issues which emerge in the process of data collection. Secondly, the interviewer will require a watch for the purpose of timing the respondents so that the research does not consume more time than the stipulated one. Lastly, the researcher will use video and audio recorders for transcribing the proceedings of the interview and recording the respondent’s demonstrations respectively. Recorded information ensures that the analyzers do not omit any useful information during analysis.
|Day 1||8:00 AM-12:30PM||Collecting data from Technologists|
|1:30 pm-6:00 pm||Continuation of data collection from technologists|
|Day 2||8:00 AM-12:30PM||Analyzing technologists’ data|
|1:30 pm-5:30 pm||Analyzing technologists’ data|
|5:30pm-6:00pm||Preparation for second collection of data|
|Day 3||8:00 AM-12:30PM||Collecting data from students|
|1:30 pm-6:00 pm||Continuation with data collection from students|
|Day 4||8:00 AM-12:30PM||Analyzing the students’ data|
|1:30 pm-5:30 pm||Analyzing students’ data|
|5:30pm-6:00pm||Preparing for the final data collection|
|Day 5||8:00 AM-12:30PM||Collecting data from teachers|
|1:30 pm-6:00 pm||Continuation with data collection from teachers|
|Day 6||8:00am-12:30||Teachers’ Data analysis|
|12:30pm-6:00 pm||Teachers’ data analysis|
|Day 7||8:00am-12:00pm||Interpreting the results and representation|
|12:00pm-6:00pm||Making the relevant recommendations and evaluating the importance of conducting further research|
The cost estimation will consider fifty interviewers and five hundred respondents in this study.
|Questionnaires||$ 1*500||$ 500|
|Watches||$ 20*50||$ 1000|
|Transport for interviewers using subways||$ 15*50||$ 750|
|Lunch(Average per day)||$ 55*50||$ 2750|
|An iPad for demonstration (where applicable)||$ 3000||$ 3000|
|Total cost||$ 8000|
The proposed research is fundamentally vital to the field of teaching technology since it reduces resistance by recommending strategies that encourage teachers and students to embrace new teaching technology. In addition, it collects suggestions on the application of new technology to the teaching in order to update the current mobile learning.
Benlamri, R 2012, Networked digital technologies 4th International Conference Proceedings, Springer, Berlin.
Floro, N 2011, Mobile learning, American Society for Training & Development, Alexandria.