ERIC Number: ED452827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Critical Issues in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology.
McNabb, Mary; Hawkes, Mark; Rouk, Ullik
The Secretary's Conference on Educational Technology: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology (July 12-13, 1999) noted a shift in schools' focus on technology. Where once the emphasis was on building and implementing a technology infrastructure, today it is on evaluating the effectiveness of its use in schools and classrooms. Conference participants exchanged promising evaluation strategies and techniques and considered how to respond to the many voices demanding to know technology's effects on schooling. The following seven critical issues in evaluating the effectiveness of technology in education arose as a consequence of the interaction among stakeholders: (1) The effectiveness of technology is embedded in the effectiveness of other school improvement efforts; (2) Current practices for evaluating the impact of technology in education need broadening; (3) Standardized test scores offer limited formative information with which to drive the development of a school's technology program--most schools are looking for additional means for collecting useful data for this purpose; (4) Schools must document and report their evaluation findings in ways that satisfy diverse stakeholders' need to know; (5) In order for evaluation efforts to provide stakeholders with answers to their questions about the effectiveness of technology in education, everyone must agree on a common language and standards of practice for measuring how schools achieve that end; (6) The role of teachers is crucial in evaluating the effectiveness of technology in schools, but the burden of proof is not solely theirs; and (7) Implementing an innovation in schools can result in practice running before policy. Some existing policies need to be "transformed" to match the new needs of schools using technology. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Development, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Program Evaluation
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/technology/1999/confsum.html.
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