Resources for Technology Evaluation


Research and Resources on 21st Century Learning and the Integration of Technology for Improved Student Learning Outcomes

A 2012 National Research Council study on 21st century skills is reviewed in this EdWeek story and is also available directly from the NRC.

Salman Khan, of Kahn Academy, is at the forefront of implementing efforts to "flip" traditional classrooms from teacher-driven to student-centered learning environments. Kahn is an eloquent spokesman for the wide range of student benefits that accrue from the flipped classroom. Articles about Khan and the flipped classroom can be found at:
- www.economist.com/node/21529062
- www.thegatesnotes.com/Topics/Education/Los-Altos-School-District-Teachers
- www.edutopia.org/salman-khan-academy-flipped-classroom-video

The CASTLE Center at the University of Kentucky has published a short research summary about the benefits of 1:1 technologies on student learning.

The inTASC Project at Boston College has a number of evaluation reports on instructional technology integration as well as data collection tools posted on its website.

While not research in the sense of the citations above, the Flipped Learning Network is a gathering point for teachers to share experiences and ideas around creating the "flipped classroom".

Research Reports on Technology and Education

Apple Computer Corporation. Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow, Today. Apple has published updates to its original ACOT research, developing six "design principles" for 21st century learning. A site about ACOT2 can be found at ali.apple.com/acot2/ Documents related to the original ACOT research may be found at:
- www.apple.com/education/docs/Apple-ACOT2Whitepaper.pdf
- www.apple.com/education/docs/Apple-ChallengedBasedLearning.pdf

Becker, H., Ravitz, J.L., Wong, Y., Teacher and Teacher-Directed Student Use of Computers and Software. Teaching, Learning, and Computing: 1998 National Survey. Report #3. Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations. University of California, Irvine and University of Minnesota. 1999. This report can be found online at www.crito.uci.edu/tlc/findings/ComputerUse/html/startpage.htm

Coley, R.J., Cradler, J., Engel, P.K., Computers and Classrooms. The Status of Technology in U.S. Schools Policy Information Center, Educational Testing Service. Princeton, NJ. 1999. This report can be found online at www.ets.org/research/policy_research_reports/pic-compclssl

Schacter, J. The Impact of Education Technology on Student Achievement: What the Most Current Research Has to Say. Milken Exchange on Education Technology. Santa Monica, CA. 2000. This report can be found online at http://www.mff.org/publications/publications.taf?page=161

Proven and Effective Technology Practice

Edutopia - Why Teach With Project-Based Learning? 2010. An excellent set of video resources illustrating examples of project-based learning and how technology tools support this pedagogy.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Video21. Another set of video examples of 21st Century learning in the classroom.

Adams, S., Burns, M. Connecting Student Learning & Technology. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). 1999. This report can be found online at www.sedl.org/pubs/tec26/flash.html

ISTE/NETS National Educational Technology Standards Project Standards and realated documents available online at www.iste.org/standards.aspx

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. Constructivism and Technology. TAP into Learning. Volume 1 Number 1. This resource is online at www.sedl.org/pubs/tapinto/v1n1.pdf

Evaluation Resources

Bingham, M., Stories with Data and Data with Stories T.H.E. Journal April, 1999. thejournal.com/Articles/1999/04/01/Stories-with-Data-and-Data-with-Stories.aspx

Johnston, J., Barker, L., Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching and Learning: A Sourcebook for Evaluators. 2002. This resource is available online at www.rcgd.isr.umich.edu/tlt/handbook.htm

Milken Exchange on Education Technology. Technology in American Schools: Seven Dimensions for Gauging Progress - A Policymaker's Guide. Santa Monica, CA. 1998. This report can be found online at http://www.mff.org/edtech/projects.taf?_function=detail&Content_uid1=152

Sun, J. How Do We Know It's Working? Designing an Authentic Technology Evaluation and Assessment Plan. Learning & Leading with Technology Volume 27 Number 7.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology's Evaluation Resources. A variety of resources available online at www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/index.html


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