EDUCATIONALSOFTWAREChoosing & Using with the End in Mind
Educational Software• Evaluating software• Making a choice• Starting out to be successful• Getting results• What’s new?• W...
Evaluating software• Criteria  • Who are the customers?  • Results?  • What else do we need or want?• Determine  • Priorit...
Software pilots• General  • Cost to institution varies-- $0 to ?  • No obligation to purchase  • Pilot agreement between i...
Pilot agreement• Publisher agrees to   • Furnish software for 1-12 months   • Train instructors & administrators   • Provi...
Software pilots• Road test  • Take it out for a spin  • Feedback from instructors  • Feedback from students
Software pilots• Scientific   • Pilot group & control group   • Equal numbers   • Similar demographics   • Similar beginni...
Pilots- examples• Maximum Security Prison• Job Corps Center• Community College
Pilots- examples• Maximum Security Prison  • Road test– no control group  • TABE every 4-5 weeks  • Little direction to st...
Pilots- examples• Job Corps Center   • Started as scientific- pilot group & control group   • Planned for 90 days with TAB...
Pilots- examples• Community College  • Scientific  • Pilot group & control group of equal number  • Similar demographics- ...
COMPARISON OF AZTEC SOFTWARE VS. CONTROL GROUP       STUDENTS’ EDUCATIONAL RESULTS FALL 2011 (11 AUG-11 DEC)      PILOT AT...
Video- Lanier Tech pilot
Educational software-making a choice• Need/gaps• Expected results• Reporting• Ease of use• Management• Dependability• Cost...
Educational software- starting out tobe successful• Train  • Hands-on instructors in labs  • Instructors who refer student...
Educational software- getting results• Pretest>Learning>(Practice)>Posttest• Follow up- visibly• Be a guide
What’s new?• New from Aztec:  • Distance Learning Reporting  • College Transition Series
Chart A1.1. Percentage of population that has attained tertiary education , by age group (2009) %  70                     ...
North Carolina• 37.65% of the population have at least a 2 year  degree• National average: 38.3%• NC rank: 27th• Percentag...
What’s coming?• GED 2014 – advance info published February 2012• A for-profit GED Testing Service is stirring up the  adul...
What’s wrong with this paragraph?• “…Even with all of this evidence against the usefulness of a GED, it    continues to gr...
GED 2014• What will be the same & what will be different?• Same: nouns & verbs will still agree, & the  denominator will s...
Aztec’s GED 2014 Series• Aztec’s content will mirror testing—• 4 practice tests, balance of informational texts &  literat...
Aztec’s GED 2014 Series• Aztec’s content will mirror testing (cont.)• Practice essays will be required in Literacy & Socia...
Aztec’s GED 2014 Series• Aztec’s presentation of test items will use the same interactions required in the GED to ensure m...
Changes in communication >>changes in education• Portable – Digital – Immediate   • Apps – Podcasts – Blogs – Social media...
Video- Social Media
Student Intervention Platform• Teens are sending 3,417 text messages per month.  (Neilson)• There are more text messages p...
Student Intervention Platform   John Coplin: If you    Early intervention>   would like help with   algebra…              ...
Links & emails• www.aztecsoftware.com• Jennifer’s blog: http://jenniferslearningtech.com• johncoplin@aztecsoftware.com  je...
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  • GOOD MORNING—I’M JOHN COPLIN WITH AZTEC SOFTWARE. IF YOU CAME TO THIS SESSION HOPING FOR AN HOUR LONG AZTEC COMMERCIAL, I HOPE YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED IF I TALK ABOUT A FEW OTHER THINGS.I WILL TALK ABOUT AZTEC A LITTLE BIT, OF COURSE, & IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE PROGRAM, I’LL BE MOST HAPPY TO VISIT YOU OR DO A WEBEX DEMONSTRATION.I’M NOT AN EDUCATOR-- I CONSIDER MYSELF A TRAINER. (ALTHOUGH AFTER AN EDUCATOR TELLS ME ABOUT HER DAY FOR 34 YEARS, I FEEL LIKE I DESERVE AN HONORARY DEGREE.) WHAT I’D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TODAY IS WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS OF TRAINING & WORKING WITH ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, PRISONS.
  • WHAT’S PUPPY DOG MARKETING? RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE EVER SOLD A PUPPY– WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU SAY, “ TAKE THE PUPPY HOME & IF YOUR CHILDREN DON’T LIKE IT, YOU CAN BRING IT BACK”?HAVE YOU SEEN THE SIGN IN A STORE THAT SAYS “ALL CHILDREN UNDER 10 GET 2 CUPS OF COFFEE & A FREE PUPPY”?
  • SHOW DL REPORT- INPUT FROM NCCCS INCLUDING AUDITOR & CC DL COORDINATORShttp://testing.aztec.com/aztecSHOW COLLEGE PREP, REDUCING ALGEBRAIC FRACTIONS, screens 1-6http://cp.azteclearning.com 5,5,55555COLLEGE TRANSITION- WHILE STATES ARGUE ABOUT WHY THEY SHOULD HAVE TO TEACH REMEDIAL COURSES & WHO SHOULD TEACH DEVT ED, THE NEED IS NOT SHRINKING** CHART?
  • OECD= Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development. 34 member countries.
  • IMPORTANCE OF MASTERING FOUNDATION COMPETENCIES, NOT JUST GED PREP IF GED STUDENTS ARE TO STICK IT OUT IN COLLEGE
  • DOES THE WRITER NEED TO STUDY MATH OR CRITICAL THINKING? MAYBE THIS IS A GOOD PROBLEM FOR THE NEW TEST!
  • DESPITE SOME FOLKS ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE GED, & MOST OF US WOULD AGREE IT’S NOT AN END IN ITSELF, THE GED IS THE CREDENTIAL WE HAVE, & WE HAVE TO GET READY FOR IT.IT’S GOING TO COST MORE, SO IT MAKES SENSE TO CONFIRM A STUDENT’S READINESS BEFORE HE OR SHE TAKES THE TESTS.
  • JENNIFER, MY WIFE & PARTNER, IS WORKING ON GED 2014 CONTENT. SHE’S HIRED SOME SMART GRAD STUDENTS IN NC STATE’S INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN PROGRAM. MOST OF THEM WERE TEACHERS BEFORE COMING BACK TO STATE. SHE GAVE THEM A BUDGET TO STUDY AZTEC & SEE HOW IT ENGAGED THE LEARNER– SOMETIMES A BIT PLAYFUL & TOLD THEM TO GET CREATIVE, SOCIAL STUDIES INTRO:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d-Ze7y7FG4&feature=youtu.be
  • IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO TALK TO & HEAR FROM STUDENTS AS SOON AS THEY’RE HAVING TROUBLE
  • Educational Software:

    1. 1. EDUCATIONALSOFTWAREChoosing & Using with the End in Mind
    2. 2. Educational Software• Evaluating software• Making a choice• Starting out to be successful• Getting results• What’s new?• What’s coming?• Questions & Discussion• Door Prizes
    3. 3. Evaluating software• Criteria • Who are the customers? • Results? • What else do we need or want?• Determine • Priorities (among results, customers, needs/wants) • Which program/s may fit• Pilot • Road test • Scientific
    4. 4. Software pilots• General • Cost to institution varies-- $0 to ? • No obligation to purchase • Pilot agreement between institution & publisher (Aztec)
    5. 5. Pilot agreement• Publisher agrees to • Furnish software for 1-12 months • Train instructors & administrators • Provide support• Institution agrees to • Make software a regular part of the curriculum for a group of students • Identify measures of success • Send instructors to training • Consider purchasing the software if the pilot is successful
    6. 6. Software pilots• Road test • Take it out for a spin • Feedback from instructors • Feedback from students
    7. 7. Software pilots• Scientific • Pilot group & control group • Equal numbers • Similar demographics • Similar beginning Educational Functioning Levels • Pre & posttests (standard assessments) • GEDs • Feedback from instructors & students
    8. 8. Pilots- examples• Maximum Security Prison• Job Corps Center• Community College
    9. 9. Pilots- examples• Maximum Security Prison • Road test– no control group • TABE every 4-5 weeks • Little direction to students or tutors- ―open lab‖ • What we learned: • Importance of following PRETEST>LEARNING>POSTEST path in Aztec- students who took posttests made twice the gains of those who did not • For some students, outside factors significantly affected TABE scores (e.g., prison policies, parole hearings, lockdowns)
    10. 10. Pilots- examples• Job Corps Center • Started as scientific- pilot group & control group • Planned for 90 days with TABE pre & posttests • Customer pulled the plug after 30 days & bought software for 5 Job Corps • What we learned: • Educators can be impatient! • Getting good data is extra work & not the primary mission • Customer’s ethical dilemma-- if a tool is perceived as effective, shouldn’t we make it available to all?
    11. 11. Pilots- examples• Community College • Scientific • Pilot group & control group of equal number • Similar demographics- age, gender, socioeconomic • Similar Educational Functioning Levels (Range: ABE II-ASE II, Majority in ABE III & ABE IV) • What we learned: • 90-120 days is a realistic time frame for a single cohort of students • Importance of up front administration support • Instructors don’t have to be experienced with software • Instructors do need to want to try something new & be willing to follow through • Student contract- setting expectations- was a good idea
    12. 12. COMPARISON OF AZTEC SOFTWARE VS. CONTROL GROUP STUDENTS’ EDUCATIONAL RESULTS FALL 2011 (11 AUG-11 DEC) PILOT AT LANIER TECH JACKSON COUNTY (GA) LEARNING CENTER Aztec ControlNumber of Students1 19 19Number of Students 10 4Completing EFLsStudents with Multiple EFL 2 1Completions (no GED)GED 7 2GED in Process 7 5Dropped Out 3 41.Comparable numbers at each beginning EFL, comparable demographics
    13. 13. Video- Lanier Tech pilot
    14. 14. Educational software-making a choice• Need/gaps• Expected results• Reporting• Ease of use• Management• Dependability• Cost• Single vs. multiple user groups
    15. 15. Educational software- starting out tobe successful• Train • Hands-on instructors in labs • Instructors who refer students • Distance instructors & coordinators • Administrators• Set expectations for how software will be used • By instructors • By students (contract?)
    16. 16. Educational software- getting results• Pretest>Learning>(Practice)>Posttest• Follow up- visibly• Be a guide
    17. 17. What’s new?• New from Aztec: • Distance Learning Reporting • College Transition Series
    18. 18. Chart A1.1. Percentage of population that has attained tertiary education , by age group (2009) % 70 55-64 year-olds 25-34 year-olds 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Luxembourg Turkey Germany Italy Hungary Norway Israel France Greece Korea Mexico Japan Slovenia Ireland Spain Iceland Canada Denmark Finland Poland Chile Austria Portugal Estonia Brazil G20 average Australia Netherlands Sweden OECD average New Zealand Russian Federation1 United States Belgium United Kingdom Switzerland Slovak Republic Czech Republic1. Year of reference 2002.Countries are ranked in descending order of the percentage of the 25-34 year-olds who have attained tertiary education.Source: OECD. Table A1.3a. See Annex 3 for notes (www.oecd.org/edu/eag2011).Statlink
    19. 19. North Carolina• 37.65% of the population have at least a 2 year degree• National average: 38.3%• NC rank: 27th• Percentage of jobs requiring a college credential by 2018: 59%Lumina Foundation, from 2010 census data, www.luminafoundation.org
    20. 20. What’s coming?• GED 2014 – advance info published February 2012• A for-profit GED Testing Service is stirring up the adult education publishing world• Aztec’s GED 2014 Series (work has begun; name to be determined)• Changes in communication>>changes in education• Student Intervention Platform
    21. 21. What’s wrong with this paragraph?• “…Even with all of this evidence against the usefulness of a GED, it continues to grow. As shown in the chart below, nearly 500,000 high school dropouts passed the GED test in 2008. Those individuals accounted for 12 percent of all high school credentials issued that year. At the same time, the exam’s difficulty continues to decrease. When the GED exam was introduced in 1942, it was estimated that 80 percent of graduation-bound high school seniors could pass the test on their first try. Currently, however, it is estimated that only 60 percent of graduation-bound high school seniors are able to pass the test on their first try.”•• Alliance for Excellent Education• http://www.all4ed.org/publication_material/straight_as/06282010
    22. 22. GED 2014• What will be the same & what will be different?• Same: nouns & verbs will still agree, & the denominator will still be on the bottom.• Different: cost DATE: May 11, 2012 RE: Pricing for the New GED Test (2014) GED Testing Service is pleased to announce that the cost to the jurisdictions* for the new 2014 GED® test on computer will remain at US$120. This pricing will remain in effect through the end of 2014.• Different: computer, keyboard essay, new question/answer interactions (drag & drop, short answer, fill in the blank, cloze items, etc)
    23. 23. Aztec’s GED 2014 Series• Aztec’s content will mirror testing—• 4 practice tests, balance of informational texts & literature, balance of quantitative & algebraic problem solving• Range of complexity, abstractions, critical thinking, recall• Instruction focusing on Common Core State Standards & similar state career & college readiness standards• Calculator & formula pages will be available
    24. 24. Aztec’s GED 2014 Series• Aztec’s content will mirror testing (cont.)• Practice essays will be required in Literacy & Social Studies• Reading & writing will be measured in Social Studies• Reading will be measured in Science• Texts at the college & career readiness level will be included• Special attention to standards that include the most often missed questions on the 2002 GED
    25. 25. Aztec’s GED 2014 Series• Aztec’s presentation of test items will use the same interactions required in the GED to ensure mastery of the technology— • Drag & drop, hot spot, cloze items, short answer, fill in the blank, multiple choice, multiple selection • Essay prompts with word processor, extended responses• Computer literacy module• New content• New practice tests & question banks• New graphics, animation, video • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d- Ze7y7FG4&feature=youtu.be
    26. 26. Changes in communication >>changes in education• Portable – Digital – Immediate • Apps – Podcasts – Blogs – Social media – Text messages – Wikis – You Tube
    27. 27. Video- Social Media
    28. 28. Student Intervention Platform• Teens are sending 3,417 text messages per month. (Neilson)• There are more text messages per phone (357/month) than phone calls (204/month.)• Student Intervention Platform= instant notification to students, faculty, and support services via text.• What kinds of information? • Student information • Time based • Event based
    29. 29. Student Intervention Platform John Coplin: If you Early intervention> would like help with algebra… Retention Press 1) For a tutor 2) For math lab hours & location
    30. 30. Links & emails• www.aztecsoftware.com• Jennifer’s blog: http://jenniferslearningtech.com• johncoplin@aztecsoftware.com jennifercoplin@aztecsoftware.com• Michael Kheyfets, atext, inc., mk@atext.com• GED 2014: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/uploads/files/d2 dcf7999b40b1ff1e593c43beabe77d.pdf

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