Education and technology in today’s era is a vital part of our lives. Academic institutions are incorporating advanced technology into their curricula. This study will investigate how an iPad will change the course of education and improve academic achievement. A qualitative research approach conducted this study with open-ended interviews and observation. The participants consisted of a selected group of 15 Montessori teachers who have been working with the iPad for 1 academic year. The study will seek investigate and discuss the changes that have taken place in the classroom with incorporating the iPad. The following are the research questions that directed the study: (a) According to Montessori 1 through 3 grade-level teachers, what influence do iPads have in aiding students in reaching their academic goals?; (b) Does the interactive mobile technology of the iPad increase student engagement in the classroom?; (c) What are the top 5 leadership techniques utilized by the head administrator of the Montessori to encourage the use of iPads?; and (d) What is a new instructional design model for introducing new technologies such as the iPad in an academic setting based upon the interview with the head administrator and teacher interviews? The study is seeking to find why the iPad is making a global domination in education. The findings indicated the following: (a) iPads have significantly improved engagement and motivation in the classroom, (b) teachers expressed certain obstacles, but they agreed the positive outcomes outweigh the barriers; and (c) teachers perceived the iPad will make a significant change in the classroom learning experience.

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Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership; iPad (Computer); Educational technology -- Evaluation; Montessori method of education -- Case studies

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Schmieder-Ramirez, June;