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The EdTech Genome Project - The Jefferson Education Exchange

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The Jefferson Education Exchange is preparing to launch The EdTech Genome Project, a sector-wide initiative aimed at helping educators and education leaders make better-informed decisions about edtech.

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The EdTech Genome Project - The Jefferson Education Exchange

  1. 1. The EdTech Genome Project A sector-wide effort tounderstand why education technology performs differently in various contexts 1
  2. 2. Our schools have been hit by atechnological explosion they were not readyfor. In many ways, they’re still NOT READY. 2
  3. 3. Every year, nearly14,000 school districts spend more than $13.2 billion (and growing) on 6,000+ edtech tools. Thedecision makers (administrators and teachers)who purchase these tools largely rely on personal networks and internet searchesto decide how tospend their edtechbudgets. Thisis aninefficient, fragmented way for educatorsto spend so muchtime and money,and it leads toenormouswaste. 3
  4. 4. …is spent on tools that are a GOODFIT and IMPLEMENTED CORRECTLY. 15% …is spent on tools that could be a GOOD FIT but are NOTIMPLEMENTED CORRECTLY. 30% …is spent on tools that are DOOMED TO FAIL because they are a POORFIT. 55% In multiple surveys of thousands of educators, the view from the groundis that edtechpurchasingandimplementationare a mess: 4
  5. 5. 5 Educators estimate more than 85% of our $13.2B edtech investment is wasted every year.
  6. 6. Dataabout this problem is finallybeing discovered and reported. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. 6
  7. 7. Why are students and educators not using the technologies purchased for them? 7
  8. 8. As a result, well-intentionededucators (administrators andteachers) often: select ill-fitting products; and or are unable to implement products properly. 1 2 The root cause appearsto be that educatorslackaccessto informationabout how edtech tools performin different contexts, and why. 8
  9. 9. 9 Every edtech decision-maker wouldbenefit from accessing the wisdom,experiences, and perspectives of peers in similar contexts.
  10. 10. Yet no educator is in a position to make that level of documentation andsharing a reality. Economists callthis a “collectiveaction”problem. The Jefferson EducationExchangehas been exploringthis since the first EdTech Efficacy Research Symposium in 2017. 10
  11. 11. 11 First EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium • Convenednearly 300leading investors, academics,educators, researchers, philanthropists,and entrepreneurs. • Tencross-functionalparticipantworking groups,eachsupported by a professional researcher, presented white papers at the Symposium.
  12. 12. 12 First EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium • Thelackof contextuallyrelevant informationaboutedtech implementations is ahuge “collectiveaction”problem. • Everyoneagrees onwhosefaultitis. • “Somebody”needs to lead. Astrong consensusemerged:
  13. 13. The key takeawayfrom the Symposium: “Somebody” needs to tackle these collective action problems or nothing will improve. 13
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  15. 15. The Jefferson Education Exchange has stepped forwardto be “the somebody” to facilitate the collectivetacklingof this problem. 15
  16. 16. The missionof the Jefferson Education Exchange is to help educators tomake better-informed decisions about educationtechnology. The Jefferson Education Exchange is structured as a public charity that is supported exclusivelyby grants,philanthropy, and support froma growing list of funders including the Universityof VirginiaCurry School of Education, Strada Education Network, Billand Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. 16
  17. 17. What does it mean to “Map The EdTech Genome”? • Throughresearch andcollaboration,we candecode which implementationcontextsaresuited for whichedtechtools,andwhy. 17 • For a first step,theJefferson EducationExchange’s research teamatthe University ofVirginia haveidentified morethan70 contextualvariables thatmaybe associatedwithedtechimplementationsuccessor failure. This list of 70+variables mustbewinnowedinto amanageablepackage for practitioners andschoolsystems. • Collaboratively,across-sectionof educationpractitioners, experts, and stakeholders must decidewhichcontextualvariables are “most important”whenit comesto defining acontext for edtech implementation.This includes achievingconsensuson measurement instruments anddefinitions foreachvariable.
  18. 18. 18 The EdTech GenomeProject Properusage of edtechtools increasessharplyas we collectivelylearnhowtobetter select andimplementeach product. Billions of dollarsaresaved and millionsof instructionalhours arerecovered. IMPACT Educatorsuse dataandanalysis toincrease qualityoftoolselection and toimplement thosewell-selectedselected toolsmore effectively. Industryuses dataandanalysis tobetter understandtheconditions thatdrive success and failureof their implementations. CONNECT&ANALYZE Createandtestmethodologies tosupporteducatorsandto incentivize themtoshareinformationabouttheir implementations,atscale. Build “Exchange” platformthatallows decision-makerstoaccess dataand analysis aboutedtechimplementations nationwide. DESIGN&COLLECT Researchers,practitioners,stakeholders,and expertscollaboratetodecide which “edtech implementationvariables”should be studied first. Adozenworkingand technical groupsbuild consensus onhow bestto define andmeasure each variablein thefield. DISCOVER& DEFINE
  19. 19. Imaginetwoschoolsthat are demographically identical. Why does one implementan edtech tool successfully, while the other fails? School A School B Implementsedtechtool SUCCESSFULLY! FAILSto implement the sameedtech tool successfully. Which variablesare different in the school that succeeds? 19
  20. 20. School A School B Maybe the teachers in School A were more involved in the purchasing decision, and felt more ownership over the implementation. Maybe School B overloaded its teachers with too many new tools or practices in the same quarter. Maybe School A uses a learning management system (LMS) and student information system (SIS) that integrates with the edtech tool. Maybe School B had no way to measure the outcome this new tool was working to improve. Maybe the students in School A have more access to broadband-enabled devices after school. Maybe School B was trying to replace a tool that its teachers really liked. 20
  21. 21. JeffersonEducation Exchange’sresearch team hasidentified more than 70 contextual variables that may be associated with edtech implementation success. 21
  22. 22. Stakeholders, practitioners, and experts will participate as members of the GenomeSteering Committee, Advisory Board, Variable Working Groups, or IndustryCouncil: • Selecting anddefining ten contextualvariablesassociatedwith edtech implementationsuccess • Identifying,modifying,orcreating measurementinstrumentsforeachvariable • Achieving cross-sectorconsensusforvariabledefinitionsandmeasures Who will be involved in The EdTech Genome Project? AfulldraftEdTechImplementationFrameworkwillbereadyforpublicationinDecember2020. 22
  23. 23. JeffersonEducation Exchange/ UniversityofVirginia CurrySchool of Education ResearchTeam: • Performingacademicliteraturereview (in progress) • Conductingoriginalfield researchwithschoolsnationwide(in progress) • OrganizingandsupportingEdTechGenomeProjectparticipantsandnational stakeholders Who will be involved in The EdTech Genome Project? AfulldraftEdTechImplementationFrameworkwillbereadyforpublicationinDecember2020. 23
  24. 24. We are inviting a diverse group of somebodies to participate: 24 Stakeholders AdvisoryBoard IndustryCouncil Dedicated ProjectManager Universityof Virginia ResearchTeam SteeringCommittee WorkingGroups for10SelectedVariables 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  25. 25. Contact Dan Brown Director of National Engagement, Jefferson Education Exchange dan@jexuva.org Questions or ideas? Let’s talk! 25

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