Did We Change?: The Power of Assessing our Technology Investments and Interventions
Did we change? Justin ReichDoctoral Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education Co-Director, EdTechTeacher.org @bjfr Blog: edtechresearcher.org
Scenario 1The lower school at the American School ofBrussels is working on increasingconnections between home and school andhaving parents more aware of and involved inchildren’s classroom experiences.They are requiring all elementary teachers tocreate blogs to help build these connections.How could you assess, short term and longterm, whether this initiative is working?
How would you test FrenchFry Quality at McDonalds?
Scenario 2The Newmarket High School has justpurchased 300 iPads to allow them to pilot a 1to 1 program in the ninth grade.Teachers have been asked to create “21stcentury learning environments,” and they canuse the iPads however they wish.How could you assess whether this pilotshould expand to the entire high school?
Scenario 3The Fakename School District has a Wordpressinstall for classroom blogging.Teachers have been asked to consider WillRichardson’s definition of blogging,emphasizing student autonomy, creativity,and attentiveness to a real audienceBud Hunt wanted to write his MA thesis aboutblogging in the district. What should he do?
What did Bud do?• He took a sample of all of his school’s blog posts• He read them• He categorized them• He drew some conclusions about the kinds of learning taking place based on that analysis
Using Data to Address Instruction Identify a Problem of Practice Gather data Act and about the Assess problem Develop an Examine Action Plan InstructionFurther Reading: Data Wise and Data Wise in Action
Final Thoughts• Identify learning goals connected to technology investments and interventions• Measure progress towards those goals• Draw random samples rather than assessing everyone – (and actually make them random)• Leverage partnerships with universities and other organizations• Use assessment data to reflect upon and improve instruction
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