Judy de Waal

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Pat Kornelis


This action research study investigated the effects of using technology as part of the instruction and implementation in a primary mathematics classroom, determining if such technology would make a difference in increased student performance. The participants were 71 first grade students, 32 making up the control group, and 39 involved in the experimental group. The experimental group spent 40 minutes per week using a technology-based platform as part of their math instruction. They also had access to this technology outside of school. All students were given a pre- and post-test to determine growth in their learning. The results of this study demonstrated that although academic growth was evident in both groups, students who had the availability to enhance their learning with technology within and outside the classroom experienced considerably more growth in their learning while spending more time engaging in authentic and personalized mathematics instruction.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education