Technology Use in Elementary Schools

  • Do you work in an elementary school in Maryland or Washington D.C.?
  • Do students in your school use tablets, computers, or other devices to get online?
  • Do you use apps, online games, or websites when teaching children?

Participate in a research study at the University of Maryland!

What is the study about?

We hope to better understand how educators use these technologies in school and how privacy and security issues factor into this technology use. To do this, we are hosting focus groups with elementary-school educators, including teachers, instructional assistants, IT specialists, and media specialists.

This is part of a larger study focused on how children ages 5-11 navigate new technologies like apps, smartphones, and tablets. This research has been approved by the University of Maryland’s Institutional Review Board.

What do I have to do to participate?

Participation involves coming to an in-person focus group that will last about 90 minutes. At the focus group, we will also ask you to fill out a short (5-10 minute) survey.

Participating in our study is completely voluntary. Even if you decide to participate now, you may change your mind and stop at any time. At the end of the focus group, you will receive a $15 Amazon gift card.

When are the focus groups?

We are currently scheduling focus groups. If you’re interested in attending, sign up here: https://go.umd.edu/educator.

Research Team:

  • Priya Kumar, Doctoral Student, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Dr. Marshini Chetty, Research Scholar, Princeton University
  • Dr. Tammy Clegg, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Dr. Jessica Vitak, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

Feel free to contact me, Priya Kumar at pkumar12@umd.edu if you have questions or want to learn more about the study.

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