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1 Case #7 Evaluating the Impact of a k-12 Laptop Program by Darryl Spradley Ail 606

2 Start of the program Program was implemented in rural Anderson South Carolina Program was implemented in rural Anderson South Carolina Bradley Cook mill owner and a Tech person from Toh Inc. discussed the possibility of laptops for k-12 schools Bradley Cook mill owner and a Tech person from Toh Inc. discussed the possibility of laptops for k-12 schools Mr. Cook decided to do it without the school systems knowledge. Mr. Cook decided to do it without the school systems knowledge. He told the teachers and administrators at their winter meetings with the news media present He told the teachers and administrators at their winter meetings with the news media present Tech coordinator Tina Sears was put in charge of developing goals and evaluation tools for the program Tech coordinator Tina Sears was put in charge of developing goals and evaluation tools for the program

3 Anderson County School District Pilot Laptop Program Program goals Program goals The purpose of the pilot laptop program is to : 1. Equip each 5 th -grade classroom with high- performance laptop computers 2. Ensure students and teachers are computer literate 3. Increase student achievement through the use of laptop computers

4 Professional Development Plan Fifth grade teachers will attend: Fifth grade teachers will attend: 2 week summer seminar and monthly 3 hour sessions during the school year 2 week summer seminar and monthly 3 hour sessions during the school year Teachers will perform three types of activities: experiencing classroom simulations, creating materials and resources to support technology integration efforts, and practice modeling scenarios to build implementation and management skills Teachers will perform three types of activities: experiencing classroom simulations, creating materials and resources to support technology integration efforts, and practice modeling scenarios to build implementation and management skills

5 Implementation Eight 5th grade classrooms Eight 5th grade classrooms 1 school year 1 school year Teachers implemented the lessons taught during PD Teachers implemented the lessons taught during PD Students were engaged and teachers became more active in the classroom Students were engaged and teachers became more active in the classroom

6 Initial Evaluation Add technology use to district annual teacher observation Add technology use to district annual teacher observation Collect video tapes of successful laptop use Collect video tapes of successful laptop use Conduct teacher focus groups to see how the teachers feel about using laptops Conduct teacher focus groups to see how the teachers feel about using laptops Give teachers, students, and parents a survey to see how they feel about the use of laptops Give teachers, students, and parents a survey to see how they feel about the use of laptops Compare last years test scores with this years Compare last years test scores with this years

7 Evaluation report Mr. Cook s Superintendant because he is unhappy with the report Mr. Cook s Superintendant because he is unhappy with the report He is happy about the positive attitudes of teachers, students, and parents He is happy about the positive attitudes of teachers, students, and parents He is unhappy that test scores did not improve He is unhappy that test scores did not improve He is going to pull the funding unless the system can come up with another plan He is going to pull the funding unless the system can come up with another plan The new plan must be submitted in front of all the stakeholders. The new plan must be submitted in front of all the stakeholders.

8 New Plan Mr. Cook paid for outside help to come up with a better evaluation instrument Mr. Cook paid for outside help to come up with a better evaluation instrument Tina contacted the Pd trainer from the summer Tina contacted the Pd trainer from the summer He recommended a nationally known school evaluator Dr. Lisa Colm He recommended a nationally known school evaluator Dr. Lisa Colm Dr. Colm presented to the stakeholders to take the pressure off of Tina Dr. Colm presented to the stakeholders to take the pressure off of Tina Dr. Colms team came up with stakeholder questions Dr. Colms team came up with stakeholder questions

9 Stakeholder Questions by Colms team Do teachers teach differently when lessons include student use of computers? Do teachers teach differently when lessons include student use of computers? In what Way do parents support the laptop program? In what Way do parents support the laptop program? How do students scores change, if at all, in the ITBS? How do students scores change, if at all, in the ITBS? In which subject areas do student ITBS scores increase the most? In which subject areas do student ITBS scores increase the most? How often do students use the laptops? How often do students use the laptops? In which subjects do students use laptops the most? In which subjects do students use laptops the most? Do students behave differently when they us laptops? Do students behave differently when they us laptops? How confident do teachers feel to integrate students use of computers into their instruction? How confident do teachers feel to integrate students use of computers into their instruction?

10 Comparison of Plans First evaluation Add technology use to districts annual teacher observation Add technology use to districts annual teacher observation Collect video tapes of successful laptop use Collect video tapes of successful laptop use Conduct teacher focus groups to see how the teachers feel about using laptops Conduct teacher focus groups to see how the teachers feel about using laptops Give teachers, students, and parents a survey to see how they feel about the use of laptops Give teachers, students, and parents a survey to see how they feel about the use of laptops Compare last years test scores with this years Compare last years test scores with this years Second evaluation Do teachers teach differently when lessons include student use of computers? Do teachers teach differently when lessons include student use of computers? In what Way do parents support the laptop program? In what Way do parents support the laptop program? How do students scores change, if at all, in the ITBS? How do students scores change, if at all, in the ITBS? In which subject areas do student ITBS scores increase the most? In which subject areas do student ITBS scores increase the most? How often do students use the laptops? How often do students use the laptops? In which subjects do students use laptops the most? In which subjects do students use laptops the most? Do students behave differently when they us laptops? Do students behave differently when they us laptops? How confident do teachers feel to integrate students use of computers into their instruction? How confident do teachers feel to integrate students use of computers into their instruction?

11 Class Discussion Why did he give the system one more year? Why did he give the system one more year? What implications should testimonials have on making technology purchasing decisions? What implications should testimonials have on making technology purchasing decisions? How can stakeholders be convinced that learning can be measured other ways besides tests? How can stakeholders be convinced that learning can be measured other ways besides tests? What techniques can be utilized to ensure unbiased results? What techniques can be utilized to ensure unbiased results? How would data collection have to change if implementation was holistic? How would data collection have to change if implementation was holistic?


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