EdTech Research Study: What really has an impact?

EdTech Research Study: What really has an impact?

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by Monica Burns

When making decisions about how your school and district use technology in classrooms, there are many things to consider. During my travels to schools and conferences in different corners of the country, the conversation often comes back to one topic. What actually works? How can we get more impact from our EdTech?

If you are a regular follower of my blog, the phrase “tasks before apps” should sound familiar. I use it all the time as a way to refocus conversations around the purposeful use of digital tools. So earlier this year, the folks at SMART reached out to share research findings on educational technology. I wanted to learn more about their findings. Through a survey of hundreds of education leaders in ten countries, this study examined links between EdTech and learning outcomes.

High Outcomes from EdTech

The research study EdTech Capabilities and Learning Outcomes asked leaders to report on the learning outcomes at their schools. The study found that leaders who stated the learning outcomes in their schools that were high were more likely than other respondents to have set norms established. These best practices included:

(1) detailed technology visions and plans

(2) teacher and student involvement in technology planning,

(3) formal evaluations of the effectiveness of the technology used in their school.

As someone who is passionate about using technology to empower students as creators and collaborators, it was interesting to see that schools labeled as having high outcomes used more game-based learning and student collaboration.

This survey also looked at the differences in the EdTech capabilities of high- and low-outcomes schools. It identified 22 different EdTech capabilities and examined the areas with the most significant discrepancies between high- and low-outcomes respondents. It was interesting to see how student participation in technology planning and support for Social Emotional Learning was important in certain areas. I immediately started thinking about the observations I make when visiting different schools. There is definitely room to grow when it comes to infusing Social Emotional Learning and student participation thoughtfully into technology integration.

EdTech Research Study

EdTech Capabilities and Learning Outcomes was sponsored by SMART. It was conducted to help educators understand how their approach to EdTech can impact outcomes. To help drive conversations with participants in the study, they formed six questions to pinpoint what learning outcomes were present in schools using EdTech. Educators reflected on a variety of factors including “student preparedness to be active contributors to society.”

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When we think of the ways EdTech can genuinely make an impact, these questions are essential. They can help connect with new initiatives and drive conversations as you plan strategically with all stakeholders in your community. Getting ready to dive into the new school year? Review the EdTech capabilities outlined in the study and keeping the results in mind, can make planning more purposeful and connected to both short- and long-term goals.

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