Research Proposal Student Name: Majidah Alruqi PERCEPTIONS OF KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS IN RIYADH USING IPAD AS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL IN THE CLASSROOM Abstract This research aims at investigating the perceptions of kindergarten teachers regarding the use of iPad as an educational tool in the classroom in Riyadh. The study intends to use both descriptive research design and exploratory research to demonstrate the existence of a statistically significant difference between the use of iPads and teachers' attitudes. A possible implication of the study is that iPads can benefit kindergarten learners by helping them to improve their learning experience. However, teachers' attitudes, especially when it comes to technological professional skills and integration of the devices to the curriculum, may affect their use of the iPads.
Introduction In the current technological era, iPads have proven to be an efficient technology in education. IPads have been integrated into methods of teaching, and available literature suggests that iPads can improve student learning. As indicated by Popova and Stoyanov (2019), iPad based learning focuses on raising the awareness of learning strategies among learners and offering them reinforcement, systematic practice, and self-monitoring technique use of learning activities. These devices allow learners to interact with textbook contents, which may not be available in other educational tools. Roser (2017) says that iPads were introduced in 2010 in most education systems. Ever since, they altered the education, learning, and teaching perspectives. In the Middle East, iPads have resulted in creativity among learners, as these devices have various educational applications for learners with free accessibility (Toppel, 2014). The use of iPads in technology-enhanced educational environments has received much attention from researchers and educators (Mallette and Barone, 2014). Previous researchers have focused on the ways that the use of iPads changes learning outcomes, but little has been done in regards to perceptions of kindergarten teachers regarding the use of iPad as an educational tool in the classroom. A research conducted by Ok (2017) for preschoolers using iPads as a learning tool reported that learners who used these devices recorded higher scores as compared to those who used other learning tools. Further literature indicates that while iPads can be efficient, they present a range of challenges (Allen, Hartley, and Cain, 2016). One of these challenges is educators' attitudes, where technological professional knowledge lacks. Therefore, this proposal is dedicated to research the perceptions of kindergarten educators on iPad use as an educational tool in the classroom.
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