Dear Colleague,

I am currently completing my Master’s degree in Digital Media Development in Education with the University of Limerick, Ireland. I am researching the topic of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) usage in the classroom. By ICTs I mean all computer technologies including the Internet. I need your help with my research. I would be very grateful to you if you would complete this questionnaire below and return it to me. Your support is appreciated. By taking 20 minutes to complete this very short, 24 question questionnaire, you will help me explore the relationships that teachers have with ICTs and their usage of ICTs in the classroom. I am particularly interested in your responses to the open-ended questions and would really appreciate it if you would give as much detail as possible when answering those questions. I appreciate that this will be a little time-consuming. My hope for the research is that when complete, it will be published, and it will help shape both policy and public discourse in relation to the pedagogical integration of ICT in the classroom. By participating in the research you will have a voice in this. All responses will be treated in confidence and no individuals or schools will be named in the reporting of my results. If you want to contact me for any reason you may do so at multimediathesis@gmail.com

Many Thanks,

Ciaran MacCraith.

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* 1. Gender

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* 2. What age are you?

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* 3. Location of School?

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* 4. What subjects do you teach? Please list

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* 5. In which of these subjects do you use ICTs?

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* 6. In your teacher training, did you receive any ICT training?

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* 7. If yes, please describe it

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* 8. Did this training facilitate you in integrating ICTs into your teaching practice?

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* 9. If yes, describe how

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* 10. Did you undertake any ICT training since graduation?

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* 11. If yes, please detail or outline that training

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* 12. Did that training help you integrate ICTs into your teaching practice?

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* 13. If yes, please explain how?

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* 14. Do you use a computer at home?

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* 15. Would you say that you are comfortable using ICTs?

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* 16. Please tell me a little about your degree of comfort, or your lack of comfort, in using ICTs

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* 17. Please rank each of the following in terms of the ICT culture in your school

  Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
How would you rate the ICT facilities in your school?
How would you rate your broadband connection?
The availability of appropriate software?
The location of the computers in your school?
The technical support capacity in your school?
The management of ICT resources in your school?

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* 18. In your school do you have a dedicated technical support person/team?

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* 19. Please indicate how often, if at all, you use ICTs in the following ways

  Every day Very often (more than twice a week) Often (at least twice a week) Sometimes (a few times a month) Never
Teaching and learning for specific subjects
To explain particular concepts
To encourage and motivate students
To monitor and evaluate student progress

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* 20. What are your views on ICTs?

  Stongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree
ICTs help students learn
The value of ICTs in education is over-emphasized
ICTs provide an extraordinary window on the world for students
ICTs make students better researchers
ICTs provide students with a wide range of sources of information

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* 21. Please rate your own level of competence in using ICT on the scale below, where 10 is very competent and 1 is not at all competent

  Not at all competent Very Competent
Your own ICT competency

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* 22. Please rate your own level of competence in using ICTs in teaching, where 10 is very competent and 1 is not competent at all

  Not at all competent Very Competent
Your level of competence in using ICT's in teaching

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* 23. Which one of the following statements best describes your own attitude to the use of ICTs as a teaching tool/resource across the subjects you teach?

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* 24. What in your opinion could be done to further integrate ICTs into the classroom?

Thank you so much for helping me with this. If you are interested in the findings, please contact me at the end of the summer at the above e-mail address. The research will be complete by then,

Ciaran.

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