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ERIC Number: EJ824514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Does This Really Work? The Keys to Implementing New Technology while Providing Evidence that Technology Is Successful
Sawtelle, Sara
Learning & Leading with Technology, v35 n8 p12-15 Jun-Jul 2008
Proving that technology works is not as simple as proving that a new vendor for art supplies is more cost effective. Technology effectiveness requires both the right software and the right implementation. Just having the software is not enough. Proper planning, training, leadership, support, pedagogy, and software use--along with many other factors--will determine whether the technology works. When so many factors can affect the outcome, almost every administrator, principal, and teacher will need a proven protocol. Still many technology implementations are less than successful. As a scientist and a teacher, the author believes that one can borrow from the Scientific Method and from some common-sense approaches to increase the chances of success. The Scientific Method is essential to show the strengths, weaknesses, and return on investment for any program a school chooses to use. Moreover, the Software and Information Industry Association has released a checklist that includes 10 essential concepts that underlie all effective implementations. These concepts embody the things the author tries to instill into everyone she helps with implementation. In this article, the author lists the 10 essential concepts and presents a story that describes how these concepts are applied.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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