Assessing the Impact of Laptops in Maine ack before the economy slipped into a sertious decline that left most state budgets seriously depleted, a governor in Maine with a budget surplus came up with the notion that student learning would be radically improved if each middle school student had a personal laptop...
Buck Institute Research on Technology Evaluation Annotated resources list of studies on technology use in schools. "Our larger studies concern themselves with the experiences of the many, not the few. We attempt to understand the wide range of experiences with technology in order to understand our uses in their appropriate context."
Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project Evaluation SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning evaluated the Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project from 1995 to 2000. The evaluation examined three aspects of the Multimedia Project: its dissemination across various schools and districts, its impact on teaching practice, and its effects on student achievement. This page is designed to offer the evaluation findings to specific audiences: Technology Coordinators and Administrators, Teachers, Students and Parents, Business Partners, and Researchers. There are also Quick Links to the full evaluation reports, slide presentations, research and evaluation tools, and related research into education and technology.
Best Practices of Technology Integration in Michigan This site is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, the REMC Association of Michigan and the Berrien County Intermediate School district. The lesson plans that you will find here have been written by practicing teachers and have been "kid tested" to work in the classroom.
Edutopia's Technology Integration: At a Glance When effectively integrated into curriculum, technology tools can extend learning in powerful ways. The Internet and multimedia can provide students and teachers with:
• Access to up-to-date, primary source material;
•Ways to collaborate with students, teachers, and experts around the world;
•Opportunities for expressing understanding via images, sound, and text.
Exemplary Projects--Case Studies from the Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project (PDF FILE) To design projects and activities for students, teachers and instructional designers in the Multimedia Project built on the ideas of educational philosopher John Dewey. They wanted to create projects that linked students to real-world issues and practices. Students learned about the physics of amusement parks, the colonization of Mars, and the design of the world's greatest bridges. These links present readers with a picture of these projects, from how they were managed to how they influenced student learning.
Georgia State University's Best Practices in Technology Integration Site The College of Education at Georgia State University created this best practice web site through the PT3 grant. This site supports the work done by other PT3 grant recipients by linking standards to practice.
The purpose of this site is to assist educators in the use of technologies in teaching and learning. In the field of education, the term "best practice" is used to describe strategies, methods, and pedagogies that are informed by research, proven effective at achieving target outcomes, and accepted by leaders in the field.
This Best Practice web site was developed with K-12 educators in mind and aims to provide links to a range of learning technology web sites, articles and resources.
Myths and Realities about Technology in K-12 Schools ...will we receive an adequate return on investment to the educational bottom line? That is, will all this technology improve education for large numbers of students? Will it make our educational systems more effective and efficient? Will it help schools better prepare students for their lives in the 21st century?
Oak Grove School District Technology Plan Oak Grove School District has defined grade level technology standards for:
Data Organizing & Analyzing,
Ethics & Computer Knowledge.
The State of California Department of Education has included technology requirements in core subject area Academic Content Standards beginning at grade four. These have been aligned to Oak Grove Technology Standards(OGSD) and National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and are listed by grade and subject area, accessable from the menu on the left.
Edutopia's Ongoing Professional Development: At a Glance Like professionals in medicine, architecture, and law, educators need opportunities to learn about best practice, which often includes new technology. In high-quality professional development:
• Teachers are exposed to the latest research and knowledge, and given time to learn from other teachers;
•Principals and superintendents acquire new strategies for effective leadership.
Edutopia's Technology Professional Development: At a Glance Teachers need information, training, and assistance to ensure that new technology tools benefit student learning. Effective technology professional development includes:
• Providing teachers with access to technology tools and time to learn how to integrate them in their teaching;
• Participation in online and in-person learning communities where educators share expertise;
• Ongoing technology support at the school site.
Krause Center for Innovation's Web Site Click on LINC-FastTech, Earn While You Learn, KCI Mission and Goals, and the KCI-Stanford Certificate Program to learn more about the KCI's technology staff development resources and programs.
NCREL's Professional Development Websites, Resources and Tools This content is designed for school and district-level teachers, administrators, and others interested in improving professional development. It includes a comprehensive view of professional development and links to a variety of professional development tools.
The Satir Change Model Improvement is always possible. This conviction is the heart of the transformation system developed by family therapist Virginia Satir. Her system helps people improve their lives by transforming the way they see and express themselves.
An element of the Satir System is a five-stage change model (see Figure 1) that describes the effects each stage has on feelings, thinking, performance, and physiology. Using the principles embodied in this model, you can improve how you process change and how you help others process chan
Toward Sytematic Educational Change Researchers in Education and in Complex Systems Analysis have a unique opportunity to help strengthen the U.S. educational system and bring new tools for thinking to millions of Americans. These tools can help prepare students to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex environment, both at home and at work.
This Report both highlights the prospects for a complex systems approach to educational change and invites wider participation in the next stages of formulating a research and action agenda. The aim of that agenda is twofold: (1) to find the best ways to bring these new tools for thinking to the largest numbers of students in every area of the curriculum, and (2) to apply the insights of complex systems analysis to one of the most complex systems of all: our contemporary system of education.
TRANSTHEORETICAL MODEL/STAGES OF CHANGE In this search for common principles of change, instead of finding separate change processes in each of the 18 leading systems of therapy, only 9 processes of change (the mechanisms people use) were identified that can be applied to the level of either the individual's experience or environment to produce the change in behavior: consciousness raising, social liberation, emotional arousal, self-reevaluation, commitment, countering (or counter conditioning), environmental control, reward, and helping relationships.