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ERIC Number: ED543345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 132
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Report on the Technological Enhancements Project Evaluation: Deepening Early Learning Experiences through Technology
Hupert, Naomi; Cervantes, Francisco; DeGroof, Emily
Education Development Center, Inc
As part of the "Ready to Learn" Initiative, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), was charged with addressing the evaluation of Technological Enhancements for the outreach efforts of three producers: Out of the Blue's Super WHY! Technology Add-On; Sesame Workshop's The Electric Company School's Initiative Curriculum; and WordWorld's eBook Library. The report presents information about each of the properties, provides logic models describing each program's component and expected outcomes, describes evaluation methods for data collection and analysis, discusses findings for individual properties, presents a discussion of findings across properties, and finally offers recommendations to further the use of technological enhancements to increase the reach of media products targeting early literacy skills. Researchers collected data from multiple sources to inform the evaluation, including print and Web-based documents; interviews with teachers, parents, and property producers; site visits that included observations of adults and children interacting with each evaluated property; and online surveys. The evaluation addressed three central research questions: (1) Do the supplemental materials or activities addresses a gap or missing link in the overall dissemination and communication plan of the product, filling a void that would otherwise go unmet by existing products and services?; (2) Do the supplemental materials meet the needs of the end user (caregiver, teacher, or child) in a way that provides a novel/innovative/valued experience?; and (3) Do the supplemental materials alter the interactions between caregivers and young children with respect to early literacy experiences? Appended are: (1) Document Prepared for GPRA Presentation; (2) Data collection protocols; (3) Observations at site visits and pilot eBook presentation; (4) Summary of Survey findings; (5) Interview summaries; and (6) Survey instruments. (Contains 25 figures.)
Education Development Center, Inc. 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060. Tel: 617-969-7100; Fax: 617-969-5979; Web site: http://www.edc.org/
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc.