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					MassCUE Evaluators –
Maximizing Your Technology
Investment




    Documenting the Impact of
    Instructional Technology
    Initiatives
Who We Are

z Sun Associates
  y   Jeff Sun
  y   Jeanne Clark
  y   www.sun-associates.com/masscue
  y   MassCUE and Boston College
Why Evaluate?

z Determine if your investment in 
  instructional technology is “paying off”
z Measure progress toward meeting your 
  project goals
z Support action planning with data
An Evaluation Plan…

z Is organized around the goals of your project 
z Defines success through the creation of 
  indicators keyed to your project goals
z Produces data specifically targeted at 
  measuring success relative to your project 
  goals
z Provides feedback and recommendations for 
  improvement
An Example Project

z iPad implementation in an elementary 
  school (grades 3 – 5)
z Goals…
  y Increase the ability to support project-based, 
    small group learning
  y Decrease cost of materials such as texts, 
    reference materials, etc.
Schematic View of the Evaluation
Process
 Indicators
z Pedagogy
  y Students involved in the iPad project are 
    engaged in student-centered, project-based, 
    activities that make use of 1:1 access to info, 
    resources and collaborative online 
    environments.  Teachers have been provided 
    with the training necessary to support the 
    pedagogy involved in the project.
z Materials/Infrastructure
z Materials/Infrastructure
  y Implementation of iPads (1:1) in grades 3 – 5 
    results in an initial first year savings of 10% 
    compared to the cost of texts, paper resource 
    materials, photocopying, and teacher time 
    involved in moving students to and from the 
    computer lab. 10% additional savings are 
    anticipated for each of the next 3 years.
Data Collection

Students involved in the iPad project are engaged in student-centered, project-based, 
activities that make use of 1:1 access to information, resources and collaborative online 
environments.  Teachers have been provided with the training necessary to support the 
pedagogy involved in the project.
z   Student-centered, project-based, learning
yClassroom observations
yTeacher focus groups/interviews
yReview of lessons plans
yRubrics
z    1:1 access
yClassroom observations
z    Information resources, collaborative environments, tools
yClassroom observations
yReview of lessons and student work product (against rubrics)
z    Teacher professional development
yTeacher learning plans
yProfessional development observation
yTeacher focus groups/interviews
yProfessional development participant surveys
Analysis and Findings

z Data analysis – comparing data to 
  indicators -- will show the degree to which 
  actions (PD, pedagogy, student work, 
  infrastructure implementation) come 
  together to produce the intended result.
z Findings are the results of this analysis.
For Example…

z If you discover that teachers are not actually 
  using the iPads for project-based learning – 
  what are reasons for this?
z One reason might be related to the PD
z Did the PD support the development of new 
  pedagogies?
z How could the PD – content, structure, follow
  -up, participation – be modified to better 
  support the initiative?
Recommendations

z Findings (analysis) lead to recommendations 
  and reporting.
z Recommendations lead to action items.
  y What are you going to do to implement the 
    recommendations?
What Does This Mean to You?

z The MassCUE Evaluators’ project will
  y Work with a team from your district to develop an 
    evaluation plan with indicators and data collection 
    tools
  y Offer training and support in data collection and 
    reporting
  y Position your district to logically reflect upon its 
    progress toward meeting programmatic goals 
    and substantiating your investment in 
    instructional technology
Participation

z Each district should register a 4 to 6 person team
   y   Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent
   y   Technology specialist or coordinator
   y   Curriculum and Instruction specialist
   y   Professional development specialist
   y   Classroom teacher or instructional specialist who works 
       with students
z MassCUE members fee = $2400 for a 4-person team 
  ($3400 for a 6-person team)
z 4 full-day sessions starting in January, 2012 (2 in 
  January, 1 in February, and 1 in March)
z Fee covers lunch and follow-up support by Sun 
  Associates and Boston College 
z Ingrid Eppelsheimer at 
  ieppelsheimer@fc.masscue.org

				
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