Research Studies to Use
The Walden University has published a major study on technology entitled “Educators, Technology, and the 21st Century Skills: Dispelling Five Myths.” The study addresses five myths about technology use in education —particularly by teachers—and educators’ perceptions about the effects of technology use on student learning, behavior, and skills. The findings, based on a survey of more than 1,000 K–12 teachers, principals and assistant principals in the United States, suggest that teachers have a vital role to play at the intersection of technology and 21st century expertise—modeling their confidence with technology, guiding young minds toward constructive educational purposes, and teaching students the tried and new skills for college and career readiness in a competitive world.
Project RED: This study was released at the recent ISTE conference (June 28, 2010) in Denver and had the following conclusions: technology-assisted classes help students stay in school and reduce drop-out rates; schools with 1:1 learning programs, when used successfully, have better education success than do schools with fewer computing devices and poor implementation, 80% of schools under-utilize technologies they have already purchased. Project RED conducted a national survey to analyze what is working in technology-transformed schools and to show how technology can save money when properly implemented. http://www.projectred.org/news/?p=65