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    Dear teachers:If you are a K-12 teacher in the United States, you are
    invited to participate in a study titled "Teacher Perception
    of Technology Integration in the Workplace: A National
    Study." If you teach in a teacher education program, please
    feel free to forward this invitation to any graduates that
    you think might be interested in participating in this
    study. If you already filled out the survey, thanks for your
    assistance and please dismiss this message.

    Purpose of the Study: The purpose of the study is to
    investigate teachers' perceptions of technology integration
    in the workplace as it relates to their self-confidence in
    computer use, their preparation in formal and informal
    technology courses in teacher education programs from which
    they have graduated, and administrative and technical
    support in their workplace.

    Benefits: The findings could be used by teacher educators to
    revise technology courses and by K-12 school administrators
    to reconsider necessary support of technology integration
    for teachers' practices. The benefits to you in
    participating in the study are receiving a copy of a summary
    of the study results.

    Procedures to be Followed: You as a teacher are invited to
    participate in the study by completing a web-based survey.
    You will also be asked about your willingness to participate
    in a possible telephone interview. You do not have to agree
    to being interviewed in order to complete the survey.

    If interviewed, you will be asked more detailed questions
    about your opinion on the type of experiences you had
    regarding technology integration during your teacher
    preparation program, whether you feel that you were
    adequately prepared, how you have used technology in your
    classroom, and your perception of the administrative and
    technical support that you have at your school.

    Duration: The survey will take approximately 20 minutes of
    your time. The interview, if conducted, will take
    approximately 30 minutes.

    Risks: There are no risks in participating in this study
    beyond those experienced in everyday life.

    Compensation: There is no compensation for participating in
    this study.

    Voluntary Participation/Alternative: Your participation in
    this project is voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at
    any time. You do not have to answer any questions you do not
    want to answer. The alternative is not to participate.

    Statement of Confidentiality: Your responses will be
    confidential to ensure that they cannot be linked to you
    personally. Any personal information you provide that is
    linked to your name will be held in strict confidence when
    the data are presented in a written report.

    Right to Ask Questions: If you have any questions, now or
    later, you may contact us at the numbers below. If you have
    any questions about your rights as a human subject, please
    contact the University of South Dakota Institutional Review
    Board at 605-677-6184.

    Please assist us in our research and complete the survey by
    going to . Your consent is
    implied by using the Submit button on the website to return
    the filled-out survey to us.

    Thank you for considering participation in our survey.

    Tzu-Yi Hsu
    Co-Project Director
    Technology for Education & Training
    University of South Dakota
    Phone: 605-677-8889

    Susan Santo
    Co-Project Director
    Technology for Education & Training
    University of South Dakota
    Phone: 605-677-5489