ERIC Number: ED453783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for D[Cubed]T: Data-Driven Decisions about Technology. CD-ROM with Critical Issues in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology.
McNabb, Mary; Hawkes, Mark; Rouk, Ullik
This booklet discusses the following critical issues in evaluating the effectiveness of technology in education: (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; (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. The accompanying CD-ROM presents a three-fold approach to designing an evaluation for technology education that asks school improvement teams to think about evaluating technology from the systemic organization, teaching practice, and student learning perspectives. (MES)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Information Technology, Instructional Effectiveness, Optical Data Disks
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1120 East Diehl Rd., Suite 200, Naperville, IL 60563. Web site: http://www.ncrel.org.
Publication Type: Computer Programs; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.