School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
L. Daniele Bradshaw
digital literacy, middle school, socioeconomic disadvantage, infrastructure, internet, wi-fi, urban, teacher digital reluctance, students digital literacy, improve digital literacy, technology
Watts, Sherry, "Improving Digital Literacy Through A 1:1 Digital Device Implementation: An Applied Study" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4200.
The purpose of this applied study was to solve the problem of the need to improve digital literacy for students on an urban middle school campus in South Texas and to design a solution to address this problem. I collected data using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Teachers and instructional coaches were interviewed via the Zoom video conferencing online platform to explore how teachers and instructional coaches described the relationship between the deployment of a 1:1 digital device program and the improvement of students' digital literacy on their middle school campus. I collected quantitative and qualitative survey data from teachers on the South Texas middle school campus being researched to inform the problem of improving students’ digital through a 1:1 digital device deployment on their middle school campus. All surveys were designed using the Google Forms online platform and then distributed electronically. I then combined all data retrieved from participants to devise research-based guidance and developed a solution to address this problem. Based on the findings, this applied study identified several recommendations for solving the problem of improving the digital literacy skills for students. These recommendations included providing a better 1:1 digital device, stronger Wi-Fi connections, and robust digital training for students and teachers.