Research & Best Practices
Nine Keys to Student Achievement

  1. Intervention classes - Technology is integrated into every intervention class period 
     

  2. Change management leadership by principal - Leaders provide time for teacher professional learning and collaboration at least monthly
     

  3. Online collaboration – Students use technology daily for online collaboration 
     

  4. Core subjects - Technology Is integrated into the core curriculum weekly or more frequently 
     

  5. Online formative assessments – Assessments are done at least weekly 
     

  6. Student-computer ratio - Lower ratios improve outcomes
     

  7. Virtual field trips - With frequent use, virtual trips are more powerful. The best schools do these at least monthly
     

  8. Search engines – Students use daily
     

  9. Principal training - Principals are trained in teacher buy-in, best practices, and technology-transformed learning. 

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Research & Project Red

 

A growing base of research is beginning to yield substantial insight into the success factors behind effective mobile computing initiatives. For example, in the January 2010 Journal of Education Technology, Learning and Assessment, Bedell and O'Dwyer published a paper on "Education Outcomes and Research from 1:1 Computing Settings." After closely examining the findings from five separate research papers on four independent 1:1 computing studies, they identified a number of key commonalities.

First, the quality of implementation was linked to the level of technology use (Shapley, et al.) and conversely, ineffective implementations resulted in a level of technology use by students that was approximately equal to those students in schools without a 1:1 implementation (Bebell & Kay). In fact, Shapley found that the "implementation strength of Student Access and Use (of technology) was a consistently positive predictor of students' TAKS reading and mathematics scores" and that students' use of their laptops for learning at home was the "strongest implementation predictor of students' TAKS reading and mathematics scores."

Since nearly all of the studies reported that 1:1 programs depend largely on teachers for success, it was not surprising that teacher preparation through professional development was important for successful implementation.

Perhaps the most significant research to date, however, is the Project RED study completed in 2010 by a collection of expert researchers and authors. This research identified a number of success factors when analyzing what contributed to success in schools using computers as a primary resource for instructional delivery. The study involved collecting data from more than 1,000 schools, including MGSD, and found that there were nine critical success factors that contribute to improvements in student achievement and return on investment, as outlined in the Nine Keys to Student Achievement.

Howard - Suamico School District administrators have sought counsel from Project RED authors, Tom Greaves and Michael Gielniak, and have incorporated their research findings into our own Digital Transformation planning processes.

Damian LaCroix

Howard-Suamico School District

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Green Bay, WI 54313

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