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  • Nutrition Link
  • Nutrition Link Program Overview Nutrition education program that began in 1999 Focuses on 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students 7 schools in the Lemon Grove School District 1 school in the San Diego Unified School District (Rosa Parks Elementary) Affiliated with the University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) Division of Community Pediatrics Supported by the Network for a Healthy California, and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Networks for a Healthy California.
  • Nutrition Link Program Overview Curriculum designed to meet California Core Content Standards Based on USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as well as Healthy People 2010 Objectives Lessons grouped by subject area, taught by UCSD Health Educators supported by classroom teachers Program being implemented in all 4th and 5th grade classes for the 2007-2008 school year
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE EVALUATION General *Feasibility of incorporating emerging technology into the online curriculum
  • Emerging Technologies
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE EVALUATION Emerging Technologies The working definition was newer technologies that have potential for instructional use. Explored new and emerging technologies being used for instruction. The feasibility of incorporating these technologies into the Nutrition Link program. Findings will be used to help the program: become more engaging to its audience by incorporating new technology that will allow the users to share and collaborate ideas and knowledge become more sustainable as they grow by incorporating new technology to reduce the need for staff to visit the classrooms Ideally the program would be entirely web-based in a collaborative online environment.
  • EVALUATION APPROACH Interactive • …has a strong formative purpose – that is, the findings are normally expected to contribute to organizational and program improvement (Owen, 2006). Responsive …orients more directly to program activities than to program intents (Stake, 1980). Consumer oriented Consumer Oriented evaluation is concerned with providing information about products to aid decisions about purchases or adoptions (Bober, 2008).
  • EVALUATION QUESTIONS •What technologies are being used for similar programs? 1. How can emerging •What technologies are useful with nutritiontechnologies enhance the instruction/similar material? Nutrition Link lessons? •What new technologies will make the site more engaging? 2. What emerging •What emerging technologies are teachers familiar with?technologies do teachers •What are teachers currently using at home? •With what constraints or enablers will teachers contend feel would enhance the by integrating new technologies into NL lessonsNutrition Link lessons? (technical, conceptual, logistical, etc.)? 3. Will teachers be willing to learn more about using emerging •How will they learn these technologies?technologies to enhance •How much time would they be willing to devote? Nutrition Link instruction?
  • DATA GATHERING: AN OVERVIEW A survey was created by the evaluators The Nutrition Link team sent the online survey to all 52 participating teachers 28 teachers participated in the survey, but only 26 teachers completed the survey in its entirety
  • Teachers’ Distribution by School Site(Survey Respondents)
  • Teachers’ Distribution by Grade Level(Survey Respondents) 50.0% 46.4% 45.0% 42.9% 40.0% 35.0% 30.0% 25.0% 25.0% 20.0% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0% 0.0% 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade
  • FINDINGS1. How can emerging •What technologies are being used for similar programs?technologies enhance •What technologies are useful with nutrition the Nutrition Link instruction/similar material? •What new technologies will make the site more engaging? lessons?In the literature review we researched: Podcasts Wikis Blogs Games Similar programs
  • FINDINGS1. How can emerging •What technologies are being used for similar programs?technologies enhance •What technologies are useful with nutrition the Nutrition Link instruction/similar material? •What new technologies will make the site more engaging? lessons? Similar programs USDA’s website. o “Perhaps the most exciting part of the site is the educational game included.” Bilingual computer based nutrition program in Colorado. o “The fifth grade students who completed the software program enjoyed the games and songs, while demonstrating an increased awareness about nutrition.” – Serrano, 2005
  • FINDINGS - VALUE TO THE NUTRITION LINK PROGRAMPodcasts Wikis Blogs Games•Offer educators •Students can •Allow students to •Can help motivate opportunities to collaborate share more freely students to learn have their voices without being in •Teachers can •Intrinsic heard without the same monitor work motivation to being there classroom. •Parents can see learn is driven by •Parents can see what their child is finding learning what their child is doing in the sources and doing in the classroom rewards through classroom their own exercise •Teachers can (Malone, 1987). monitor progress
  • FINDINGS 2. What emerging •What emerging technologies are teachers familiar with?technologies do teachers •What are teachers currently using at home? •With what constraints or enablers will teachers contend by feel would enhance the integrating new technologies into NL lessons (technical,Nutrition Link lessons? conceptual, logistical, etc.)? Games, videos, possibly podcasts and blogs 63% feel podcasts could be useful for instruction 88% feel online games would be useful 96% feel online videos would be useful Constraints 52% feel they would be constrained by a lack of time None of the teachers selected lack of interest as a constraint
  • FINDINGS – USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM Teachers are using some of the technologies in the classroom 89% use online videos in the classroom at least occasionally 81% use online games at least occasionally 80+% have never used any of the other technologies in class
  • FINDINGS – TEACHER FAMILIARITY Teachers have some familiarity with most of the technologies 40% have used podcasts (20% regularly), and 40% have used blogs 44% have used message boards 72% have used online games, 92% have used videos (60% regularly)
  • FINDINGS3. Will teachers be willingto learn more about using • How will they learn these technologies? emerging technologies to • How much time would they be willing to enhance Nutrition Link devote? instruction?
  • FINDINGS3. Will teachers be willingto learn more about using • How will they learn these technologies? emerging technologies to • How much time would they be willing to enhance Nutrition Link devote? instruction?
  • FINDINGS - ADDITIONAL The teachers regularly use the internet in class. 61% of those who responded use the internet as part of their instruction 3-4 times a week or more 79% use it at least twice a week The teachers feel there is value in the site and the material. 85% said they complete at least one Nutrition Link lesson per month 100% of the teachers feel that the material is at least somewhat valuable
  • RECOMMENDATIONSTake steps towards incorporating new technologies intothe online material: Find out the overhead cost of adding these new learning tools o Start with videos and possibly games, and then move on to podcasts and blogs. o Interview IT personnel Conduct further research on age appropriateness o Further literature research Further assessment of the level of training the teachers may require, and level of interest o Focus groups