Educational Technology; Social Studies Education; Teacher Education
Richard J. Violanti is a fourth-year PhD student in the CISL program. The focus of his research is the impact of integration into secondary social studies classrooms. Using a framework comprised of the SAMR Model and TPACK, his intent is to identify potential gaps between intent of integration and the corresponding lesson design that results from the integration of learning technologies into the social studies classroom. As districts throughout the educational world continue to spend funds upon implementation of technology, the efficacy of these models needs to be examined to determine appropriate methods of teacher preparation and the corresponding impact upon contemporary students who can be considered as digital natives. Within his work, the impact of COVID-19 and the resulting gaps in equity and opportunity warrant investigation as shifts toward integration have been hastened, resulting in divergence from intended incremental incorporation into classrooms. Richard is a department chair and twenty-eight-year veteran of teaching social studies and enjoys traveling the world to enjoy many cultural experiences which inform his classroom instruction.