Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology (Ed.D)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Linda Shuford Evans

Second Advisor

Julia S. Fuller

Third Advisor

Patricia Alvarez McHatton


The recent evolution of ICTs has sparked a catalyst of action that has led the way to the creation of innovative user experiences and created a climate for on demand learning anytime and anywhere. These experiences, at both the individual and collective level, have expanded student access and interaction to information in a way that would have been unconceivable years ago. Students who are learning English for the first time, better known as English learners (ELs), make up a greater proportion of the K-12 population than ever before. Georgia specifically has experienced a 291% growth of ELLs from 1995 to 2005. ELs, relative to their English-speaking peers, underperform on standardized tests, drop out of school at significantly higher rates, and decline to pursue postsecondary education. Technology can help these students make connections to relevant educational topics while working simultaneously to acquire a second language. This study analyzed whether participation in digital storytelling and photo voice, as a method of photo analysis, can enhance academic intrinsic motivation and perceived language acquisition in these English learners.

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