Posts Tagged 'research'

Transforming Learning with Innovative Uses of Technology


This morning I read, “The Digital Promise: Transforming Learning with Innovative Uses of Technology” by Jeanne Wellings and Michael H. Levine–a white paper that I highly recommend reading if you are looking for rationale to support the integration of technology and edtech PD within your school.

To summarize, the article points out that when technology is skillfully integrated into school curricula, the benefits are many:

  • Technology supports student achievement. (ISTE 2008)
  • Technology builds 21st century skills. (ISTE 2008)
  • Technology engages students in learning and content creation. (America’s Digital Schools, 2006)
  • Technology increases access to education, virtual communities, and expertise. (ISTE 2008)
  • Technology fosters inclusion. (Apple Inc. 2009)
  • Technology helps prevent dropouts. (Smink & Reimer, 2005)
  • Technology facilitates differentiated instruction. (Apple Inc. 2009)
  • Technology empowers learning and research in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. (CEO Forum, 2001)
  • Technology strengthens career and technical education. (Apple Inc. 2009)

And, if that is not enough to make you want to brush up your school technology plan, think about this and ask yourself how comfortable you are with media:

A Kaiser Family Foundation study, “Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year Olds,” confirms the immersion of American children in contemporary media. The average child spends over six and a half hours per day engaged with various types of media,  television, movies, music, electronic games, and computers. Over one week this equates to a full-time job with a few hours of overtime (Rideout, Roberts, and Foehr, 2005).

Wow! To find specific examples of resources and innovative things you can do as an educator to promote student learning via creative and engaging uses of technology, check out the blue call-out boxes throughout the report!

For more practical and easy-to-read research on the impact of technology and digital media on children’s learning, visit the Joan Ganz Conney Center. You won’t be disappointed!





Interested in education research, but don’t have time to read it?

Check out Laurence Holt’s blog What the Research Says: Early Literacy Research Distilled for Educators. Laurence’s blog tackles issues such as:

If you only have 3-5 minutes a week to read early literacy research, What the Research Says is a great place to start!


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Find programs and pedagogical practices that work

Today while looking for information on Peer Assisted Learning Strategies, I learned about the Promising Practices Network:

The Promising Practices Network (PPN) is dedicated to providing quality evidence-based information about what works to improve the lives of children, youth, and families.

The PPN site features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. All of the information on the site has been screened for scientific rigor, relevance, and clarity.

This is a great resource for teachers, coaches, administrators and parents looking for programs that have an effective track record in improving children’s health and safety, readiness for school and success in schools, as well as programs that build strong families.

The nice thing about this site, is that each program overview is rich with information and easy to follow. For a sample program report, check out the Early Intervention in Reading report.


Literacy from the Sunshine State

When I have a question about literacy research, the Florida Center for Reading Research is one of the first sites I consult to find the latest research. Recently, I noticed that it has a great repository of literacy lessons for classroom teachers as well. For example, check out the student center activities on the FCRR Curriculum and Instruction page. There are tons of lessons on comprehension, fluency and more! -Anna

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