Educational Technology: The Challenges Ahead NYC Policy and Leadership Forum: 360 Degrees of Digital Center for Digital Education October 24, 2006 Presentation by Irwin Kroot A Short History of Educational Technology TO 1990 30,000 B.C. – First rock paintings
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Educational Technology: The Challenges Ahead
NYC Policy and Leadership Forum: 360 Degrees of Digital
Center for Digital Education
October 24, 2006
Presentation by Irwin Kroot
Internet/World Wide Web
Handheld computing devices
High quality color printing
Handheld video games
Digital cable television
Digital video recorders
Portable digital projectors
Multi-player internet gaming
We all cite lots of advantages:
But the truth is,
WE DON’T REALLY KNOW
(at least, not beyond the level of anecdotal results)
Technology in Schools: What the Research Says (report by Cisco Systems and Metiri Group)http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/docs/education/TechnologyinSchoolsReport.pdf
(released October, 2006)
“Extracting the full learning return from a technology investment requires much more than the mere introduction of technology with software and web resources aligned with the curriculum. It requires the triangulation of content, sound principles of learning, and high-quality teaching – all of which must be aligned with assessment and accountability.”
Technology plays transformative roles in schools that use it effectively in education:
The vast majority of research studies into the outcomes of the use of educational technology in the classroom are correlational and descriptive, rather than rigorous analyses using treatment and control groups. As a result, we cannot reliably draw conclusions as to the efficacy of technology tools.
Making the business case – identifying the replicable value proposition that can show a real return on investment – e.g.
It’s not enough to say that students are more engaged, even if they self-report being so. We must demonstrate the real results of that improved level of engagement.
Moving educational technology from an approach and set of tools we “believe in” to a demonstrably efficacious approach to improving student academic performance under known conditions.