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ERIC Number: ED536299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 126
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
Evaluation of the Texas Technology Immersion Pilot: An Analysis of the Baseline Conditions and First-Year Implementation of Technology Immersion in Middle School
Shapley, Kelly; Sheehan, Daniel; Sturges, Keith; Caranikas-Walker, Fanny; Huntsberger, Briana; Maloney, Catherine
Texas Center for Educational Research
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) used Title II, Part D monies to fund a wireless learning environment for high-need middle schools through the Technology Immersion Pilot (TIP). A concurrent research project funded by a federal Evaluating State Education Technology Programs grant is scientifically evaluating whether student achievement improves over time as a result of exposure to technology immersion. Technology immersion encompasses multiple components, including a laptop computer for every middle school student and teacher, wireless access throughout the campus, online curricular and assessment resources, professional development and ongoing pedagogical support for curricular integration of technology resources, and technical support to maintain an immersed campus. The study of technology immersion employs a quasi-experimental research design with middle schools assigned to either treatment or control groups (22 schools in each). While the overarching purpose of the study is to scientifically test the effectiveness of technology immersion in increasing middle school students' achievement in core academic subjects, the evaluation also aims to examine the relationships that exist among contextual conditions, technology immersion, intervening factors, and student achievement. Data gathered through site visits to all participating middle school campuses in fall 2004 and spring 2005 allowed an in-depth examination of campus conditions, school and classroom activities, and educational roles and processes through interviews with key personnel, focus groups with teachers and students, inventories of technology resources, and reviews of documents. Appended are: (1) Technology Immersion Evaluation Design; (2) Characteristics of Technology; and (3) Technology Use in Core Subjects. Individual chapters contain footnotes. (Contains 12 tables and 1 figure.) [For "Evaluation of the Texas Technology Immersion Pilot: An Analysis of the Baseline Conditions and First-Year Implementation of Technology Immersion in Middle Schools. Executive Summary," see ED536297.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Texas Center for Educational Research (TCER)
Identifiers - Location: Texas