Research Findings from the

Making Learning Mobile
Project

Presented by Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO
December 5, 201...
Michael Flood
Vice President, Education Markets
Today’s Discussion Topics
About the Evaluation Study
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•
•
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•

Objectives
Methodology
Participants
Key Findings
Lessons L...
Meet our Panel of Experts

LeeAnn Eanes
IT Project Manager, Department of Information Technology
Fairfax County Public Sch...
Project Tomorrow, a national
education nonprofit organization
Programs:

• Research & evaluation studies
• School and comm...
84

Projects

33

Countries

Infrastructure
Digital Content
Safety/Security

Professional
Development
6
Making Learning Mobile Project

Two studies within one project
Stone Middle School

130 8th grade students
Falconer Elemen...
Evaluation Study Objectives

 How would students and teachers use a
personally assigned tablet to impact learning?
 What...
Evaluation Study Methodology

 Data collection components included:
o Pre and post surveys

o Pre and post student focus ...
Evaluation Study Methodology

Study Deliverables:
 Two reports on the findings from the evaluation

studies
o Stone Middl...
Making Learning Mobile Project

Stone Middle School

 130 8th grader students
 HTC Android tablets

© 2013 Project Tomor...
Stone Middle School Study: Key Findings
1. Student engagement with the tablet = more sophisticated
usage
2. Tablets change...
Study Participants : Stone Middle School

 Approximately 130 8th grade students and their teachers
at a suburban middle s...
Stone Middle School Study

Analysis Lens
Student responses – quantitative and qualitative
• All student participants
• Gir...
Perceptions vs. reality of usage
How would you like to use your tablet for
schoolwork?
(September 2012)

How did you use y...
How did you use the tablet for schoolwork?
All
Students
83%

Boys

Girls

77%

90%

Engaged
Students
82%

Do Internet rese...
How did you use the tablet for schoolwork?

“In English class, we used our tablets and
Google Drive to write a short story...
Use of the tablet for Internet access

How often did you use your tablet to access the
Internet for schoolwork in school?
...
Use of the tablet for Internet access

How often did you use your tablet to access the
Internet for schoolwork outside of ...
Students: Benefits of using the tablet
1. Not having to share the device

67%

2. Makes it easier to access the Internet i...
What did you like about having the tablet?

“Having the tablet means that I will go on
Blackboard more than I used to and ...
Teachers: Benefits of using the tablet
• Changed way teachers approached teaching
• Research skill development
• Didn’t ne...
Making Learning Mobile Project

Falconer Elementary School

• 136 5th grader students
• HTC Android tablets

© 2013 Projec...
Falconer Elementary School: Key Findings
1. Student use of tablets exceeded expectations
2. Tablets enabled greater access...
Falconer Elementary School Demographics
Pre-K - 6th grade
1,442 students
Technology Magnet Cluster School
100%
80%
60%
40%...
About the participants

136 students and teachers from four 5th grade
classes at an urban elementary school in
Chicago IL
...
About the participants

Falconer 5th Graders Grade 3-5 Students
in the MLM Study Speak Up National
Data
Laptop

56%

64%

...
Falconer Elementary School Study

Analysis Lens
Impact of the devices determined by:
• Teacher implementation
• Students’ ...
Perceptions vs. realities of usage
Teacher
Directed
Activity

Student
Expectation
of Usage
(Oct)

Student
Actual
Usage
(Ma...
Teachers’ implementation strategies varied
Use of the
tablet
To create
videos
Class
polling
Take notes
in class
Play
educa...
What did you like about having the tablet?

“I think the benefit of having my own tablet to
help me with my schoolwork is ...
Extending learning both in school and
at home
Increased access to the Internet at school:

• Before the tablets – only 39%...
Extending learning both in school and
at home
Increased access to the Internet at home:
• ¼ of the Falconer students used ...
Students: Benefits of using the tablet
1. Communicate more with my teacher

53%

2. School is easier for me now

50%

3. E...
Students: Benefits of using the tablet
Some gender differences in the value proposition

© 2013 Project Tomorrow
What did you like about having the tablet?

“I liked using the tablet for school. I think all kids
should have one!”
5th g...
Lessons learned from both studies



Out of school access matters!



Fear should not hold back mobile learning projects...
Meet our Panel of Experts

LeeAnn Eanes
IT Project Manager, Department of Information Technology
Fairfax County Public Sch...
For more information
Making Learning Mobile Reports:
http://www.kajeet.com/4u/education/MLM-report.html

Kajeet for Educat...
Thank you.
Let’s continue this conversation.
Julie Evans
Project Tomorrow
jevans@tomorrow.org
949-609-4660 x15
Twitter: Ju...
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Making Learning Mobile

  1. 1. Research Findings from the Making Learning Mobile Project Presented by Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO December 5, 2013
  2. 2. Michael Flood Vice President, Education Markets
  3. 3. Today’s Discussion Topics About the Evaluation Study • • • • • Objectives Methodology Participants Key Findings Lessons Learned Expert Panel Discussion with School and District Representatives Your thoughts, comments and questions © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  4. 4. Meet our Panel of Experts LeeAnn Eanes IT Project Manager, Department of Information Technology Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) Michael Flood Vice President, Education Markets Kajeet for Education Rob Residori Manager, Ed Tech Department Chicago Public Schools (IL) Christine Sciabica Assistant Principal, Stone Middle School Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) Ariana Vilcins Technology Teacher, Falconer Elementary School Chicago Public Schools © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  5. 5. Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization Programs: • Research & evaluation studies • School and community programs • Events for students Speak Up National Research Project: Collecting and reporting on the views of K-12 and higher ed students on their digital learning activities and aspirations
  6. 6. 84 Projects 33 Countries Infrastructure Digital Content Safety/Security Professional Development 6
  7. 7. Making Learning Mobile Project Two studies within one project Stone Middle School 130 8th grade students Falconer Elementary School 136 5th grade students © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  8. 8. Evaluation Study Objectives  How would students and teachers use a personally assigned tablet to impact learning?  What were the benefits of that 24/7 access?  How would the access impact teacher practice?  What challenges would we encounter?  What lessons would we learn about mobile learning from this project? © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  9. 9. Evaluation Study Methodology  Data collection components included: o Pre and post surveys o Pre and post student focus groups o Instructor interviews and focus groups o Classroom observations o Speak Up survey data o Usage data © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  10. 10. Evaluation Study Methodology Study Deliverables:  Two reports on the findings from the evaluation studies o Stone Middle School (VA) o Falconer Elementary School (IL) © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  11. 11. Making Learning Mobile Project Stone Middle School  130 8th grader students  HTC Android tablets © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  12. 12. Stone Middle School Study: Key Findings 1. Student engagement with the tablet = more sophisticated usage 2. Tablets changed learning environment with ubiquitous access to the Internet at school 3. Personally assigned tablets eliminated competition at home for Internet access 4. Teachers’ benefits included personal productivity 5. Critical importance of teacher professional development © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  13. 13. Study Participants : Stone Middle School  Approximately 130 8th grade students and their teachers at a suburban middle school in Fairfax County VA  66% of the students assess their tech skills as average compared to their peers; 31% consider their skills advanced  50% of the teachers assess their tech skills as average – 50% say they are advanced  73% of the students say that they have high speed Internet access at home  56% say that they access the Internet at home through a personal (not school provided) 3G/4G mobile device © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  14. 14. Stone Middle School Study Analysis Lens Student responses – quantitative and qualitative • All student participants • Girls vs. Boys • Highly engaged students Teacher responses – qualitative © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  15. 15. Perceptions vs. reality of usage How would you like to use your tablet for schoolwork? (September 2012) How did you use your tablet for schoolwork this past school year? (May 2013) Access online textbooks (84%) Access Blackboard (96%) Take notes in class (78%) Use calculator (83%) Do Internet research (68%) Use Google Drive/Docs (82%) Check grades (67%) Do Internet research (76%) Do homework assignments (60%) Access online textbooks (72%) Play educational games (58%) Take notes in class (66%) Access school network from home (57%) Do homework assignments (46%) Receive reminders/alerts re: schoolwork (56%) Organize schoolwork (53%) Work on projects with classmates (38%) Communicate with classmates/teachers (53%) Communicate with classmates/teachers (34%) Organize schoolwork (21%) © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  16. 16. How did you use the tablet for schoolwork? All Students 83% Boys Girls 77% 90% Engaged Students 82% Do Internet research 76% 88% 65% 78% Take notes in class 66% 59% 73% 78% Do homework assignments Work on projects with classmates 46% 43% 48% 63% 38% 28% 50% 57% Communications with classmates/teachers 34% 26% 53% 50% Use the calculator © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  17. 17. How did you use the tablet for schoolwork? “In English class, we used our tablets and Google Drive to write a short story with a partner. I liked being able to work both at home and at school to edit the story while my partner could see the changes that I made.” 8th grade student, Stone Middle School, Centreville VA © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  18. 18. Use of the tablet for Internet access How often did you use your tablet to access the Internet for schoolwork in school? At least weekly: All students 83% Girls 89% Engaged students 96% © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  19. 19. Use of the tablet for Internet access How often did you use your tablet to access the Internet for schoolwork outside of school? At least weekly: All students 33% Girls 38% Engaged students 57% © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  20. 20. Students: Benefits of using the tablet 1. Not having to share the device 67% 2. Makes it easier to access the Internet in class 61% 3. Ability to review class materials anytime 60% 4. Access to online textbooks 55% 5. Improved access to the Internet beyond school 38% 6. Better organized 36% 7. More engaged in learning 32% © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  21. 21. What did you like about having the tablet? “Having the tablet means that I will go on Blackboard more than I used to and all of my assignments will be right at my fingertips, no more pen and paper.” “With the tablet, I won’t have to always wait for someone else to get off the computer so I can do my homework.” 8th grade students, Stone Middle School Centreville VA © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  22. 22. Teachers: Benefits of using the tablet • Changed way teachers approached teaching • Research skill development • Didn’t need to fight for computer lab time • Decreased need for printing • Access to information at students’ fingertips • Using other media to support science labs • Increased homework completions © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  23. 23. Making Learning Mobile Project Falconer Elementary School • 136 5th grader students • HTC Android tablets © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  24. 24. Falconer Elementary School: Key Findings 1. Student use of tablets exceeded expectations 2. Tablets enabled greater access to learning resources at home and at school 3. Access to the tablets changed students’ learning behaviors and self-efficacy around learning 4. Students were more engaged in learning 5. Teachers creatively used tablets to change learning environment © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  25. 25. Falconer Elementary School Demographics Pre-K - 6th grade 1,442 students Technology Magnet Cluster School 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% 94% 93% 45% Low Income Families Latino English Learners 11 % Special Education
  26. 26. About the participants 136 students and teachers from four 5th grade classes at an urban elementary school in Chicago IL 81% of the students assess their tech skills as average compared to their peers 36% of students say that their Internet access at home is slow or their only access is at school © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  27. 27. About the participants Falconer 5th Graders Grade 3-5 Students in the MLM Study Speak Up National Data Laptop 56% 64% Tablet 17% 48% Smartphone 23% 45% Cell phone (no Internet) MP3 Player 19% 47% 32% 64% © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  28. 28. Falconer Elementary School Study Analysis Lens Impact of the devices determined by: • Teacher implementation • Students’ home access to the Internet • Girls vs. Boys © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  29. 29. Perceptions vs. realities of usage Teacher Directed Activity Student Expectation of Usage (Oct) Student Actual Usage (May) Student SelfInitiated Activity Student Expectation of Usage (Oct) Student Actual Usage (May) Do Internet research Use online textbooks Play education games 56% 93% Check grades 66% 86% 48% 42% 42% 47% 46% 80% 41% 64% Do homework 45% 74% Organize schoolwork Communicate with teacher/classm ates Learn about school activities 41% 62% Do projects 39% 58% 35% 58% Create videos 6% 39% Receive reminders Use the calendar 25% 59% © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  30. 30. Teachers’ implementation strategies varied Use of the tablet To create videos Class polling Take notes in class Play education games Check grades Use calendar Teacher 1 Teacher 2 Teacher 3 Teacher 4 93% 90% 4% 0% 63% 93% 24% 44% 89% 23% 24% 33% 89% 93% 72% 100% 100% 73% 76% 89% 59% 77% 40% 59% © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  31. 31. What did you like about having the tablet? “I think the benefit of having my own tablet to help me with my schoolwork is that at my house I don't have internet and the tablet comes with internet. I can use the internet at home so I can research important schoolwork. I can also do my assessments on the tablet.” 5th grade student, Falconer Elementary School, Chicago, IL © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  32. 32. Extending learning both in school and at home Increased access to the Internet at school: • Before the tablets – only 39% of the students accessed the Internet from school on a weekly basis • With the tablets – 88% said it was a weekly occurrence; 35% said daily © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  33. 33. Extending learning both in school and at home Increased access to the Internet at home: • ¼ of the Falconer students used the tablet to go online on a daily basis from home • 30% of the girls • 31% of the students with slow home access • In T -1’s class, 48% of the students used the tablet from home on a daily basis • ¾ of the access traffic from 3 to 9 pm • Sites included: Edmodo, MathPlayground, BrainPOP, ScienceBuddies, Scholastic, Dictionary • 84% said they were better digital citizens © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  34. 34. Students: Benefits of using the tablet 1. Communicate more with my teacher 53% 2. School is easier for me now 50% 3. Easier and faster to access the Internet 47% 4. Better organized 43% 5. Improved teamwork skills 41% 6. More comfortable asking questions in class 40% 7. I like school more now 39% © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  35. 35. Students: Benefits of using the tablet Some gender differences in the value proposition © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  36. 36. What did you like about having the tablet? “I liked using the tablet for school. I think all kids should have one!” 5th grade student, Falconer Elementary School, Chicago IL © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  37. 37. Lessons learned from both studies  Out of school access matters!  Fear should not hold back mobile learning projects  Teachers need support, usage models and professional development  Establish clear goals for instructional use  Incorporate student ideas into the planning process © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  38. 38. Meet our Panel of Experts LeeAnn Eanes IT Project Manager, Department of Information Technology Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) Michael Flood Vice President, Education Markets Kajeet for Education Rob Residori Manager, Ed Tech Department Chicago Public Schools (IL) Christine Sciabica Assistant Principal, Stone Middle School Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) Ariana Vilcins Technology Teacher, Falconer Elementary School Chicago Public Schools © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  39. 39. For more information Making Learning Mobile Reports: http://www.kajeet.com/4u/education/MLM-report.html Kajeet for Education http://www.kajeet.com/education Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative http://www.qualcomm.com/about/citizenship/wireless-reach Project Tomorrow and the Speak Up National Research Project http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup © 2013 Project Tomorrow
  40. 40. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Twitter: JulieEvans_PT and SpeakUpEd Copyright Project Tomorrow 2013 This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
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