Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum & Instruction

First Advisor

Pierre Ming-Tsan Lu

Second Advisor

Rene Corbeil

Third Advisor

Seokmin Kang


The COVID-19 outbreak shifted towards online learning, requiring educators and administrators to adapt to new digital platforms and technologies quickly. The purpose of this quantitative study is to examine whether there is a significant difference in the frequency of use of digital platforms among middle schools. Secondly, it explores the relationship between teachers' attendance at professional development sessions and their integration of Nearpod lessons during the pandemic. Lastly, it investigates the relationship between the time campus principals invested in technology-related professional development and teachers' adoption of digital platforms at their respective campuses. Surveys and administrative records were collected from schools within the district to gather data for the research. Ultimately, this research seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the factors influencing the successful adoption of digital platforms during the pandemic and to inform future strategies for professional development and technology integration in middle schools.


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