THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON STUDENT LEARNING TO BE STUDIED UNDER GRANT
The state will have a better understanding of the educational benefits of technology use in the classroom thanks to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's (N.C. DPI) recent receipt of a three-year, $1.5 million Evaluating State Educational Technology Grant. North Carolina is just one of 10 states to receive this grant, which will be used to conduct scientifically-based research into the impact of technology on student learning.
N.C. DPI's Instructional Technology Director Frances Bradburn said that the Department was honored to receive this award. "Learning how to evaluate the educational benefits of technology use will allow us to help all educators make better instructional decisions. Our goal is to find out how best to help each child learn, regardless of his or her learning style, primary language or demographics."
The Department's grant proposal, LANCET: Looking at North Carolina's Education Technology, has three primary components:
- a comprehensive study of the use of technology in the IMPACT grant schools and the effect on teachers' practices and student achievement (The 11 IMPACT model schools have been previously funded through the competitive portion of North Carolina's NCLB/Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant.);
- strategies for building the capacity for educators across the state to collect, analyze and use evaluation data for making decisions about technology programs, projects and practices; and
- the dissemination of the products and findings that result from the LANCET project.
Because the federal grant is a capacity-building grant as well as a scientifically-based research grant, the money will be used to design evaluation instruments, and train Instructional Technology staff in their use and in the evaluation process so that they in turn can train appropriate staff in local school systems. N.C. DPI will partner with the Southeast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium, North Carolina State University and its Friday Center for Educational Innovation, State Educational Technology Directors Association, and All Kinds of Minds. "Partnering with these outstanding organizations will help ensure that the benefits received from the grant grow and encompass all North Carolina educators over the next three years," Bradburn said.
For more information on the Evaluating State Educational Technology Grant, please contact Frances Bradburn, Instructional Technology, N.C. DPI, 919.807.3293, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.