ERIC Number: ED477754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Interim Report on Ed Tech PILOTS. A Report to the 78th Texas Legislature from the Texas Education Agency.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
The primary goals of the Texas Education Agency's Educational Technologies Providing Increased Learning Opportunities for Texas Students (Ed Tech PILOTS) are to employ technology to more efficiently and effectively delivery information to students and teachers to enhance the efficacy of classroom instruction. This interim report discusses the background and guiding principles for the ED Tech PILOTS, and reports on the individual projects, the current status of the pilot projects, and the project evaluation. The Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) Pilot Project is exploring the use of a handheld personal digital assistant to collect student performance data as teachers assess individual students using the TPRI. The mathematics pilot project was designed to develop and evaluate an online mathematics homework service for Grades 5-8. The Biology pilot project is exploring the use of a Web interface as an access point for biology-oriented curriculum materials aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) learning standards and learning objectives on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. The Social Studies pilot project is similar in intent and structure to the Biology pilot project, and is exploring the use of curriculum materials that are being drawn from the Texas Library Connection (TLC) online education materials pool and associated with textbooks on the state's approved list in Grade 8 United States History, and high school World History and World Geography. All of the PILOTS have completed the development of the software applications with feedback from participating teachers and pilot partners. Extensive training materials have been developed and training conducted in campus-based workshops, via videoconferences and campus-based individualized training. Appendixes include descriptions of the Texas Primary Reading Inventory; University of Texas Online Homework Service; and Texas Library Connection. (AEF)
Descriptors: Biology, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Development, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Reading Instruction, Social Studies, Technology Integration
Publications Distribution Office, Texas Education Agency, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817 ($7). For full text: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/pilots/pilotdownloads/edtech03.pdf/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.