To begin this case study, the participant found was a teacher with excellent professional credentials and a lot of experience in teaching social studies. To begin, the teacher gave the classroom an assignment to make a PowerPoint slideshow as a political campaign assignment. Included in the PowerPoint, students needed to research and use different kinds of media strategies. Once the students made it into the computer lab, the students quickly sat down at the computers and got to work, contrary to their bored faces from the previous meetings in the classroom. They showed signs of increased self-confidence and a greater understanding of the content.
The reported findings from this study was that students said they enjoyed the task because the technology made the work easier and fun to do. They also stated that they believed the technology helped them complete their work more efficiently and quickly. Also the technology helped them find and understand the information more and learn more technology skills. This article helps support my claim that technology motivates students in the classroom. Through many kinds of media and enhanced learning, the students were able to learn the material quickly and in an enjoyable way!
This article was very informative in my quest to discovering the correlation between motivation and technology. The positive correlation can help increase student participation in the classroom as well as increase students grades! This article is just one example that helps prove my question that technology helps increase participation. I can't wait to further my research into this question.
Heafner, T. (2004). Using Technology to Motivate Students to Learn Social Studies. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 4(1), 42-53. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).