I’m a big believer in using technology with language learners, and believe that it is a huge teaching and learning asset. My own experience, and a lot of research, bears that out and I’ve compiled it in The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning.
I’m not convinced that value-added (I hate that phrase because of its connection to teacher evaluation) benefit holds equally true with mainstream K-12 students, but I’m open to learning that it is.
I hope readers will contribute more links.
Here are my choices of for The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools:
Technology In Schools: What The Research Says is from Cisco.
Maine’s Laptop Initiative Improves Student Writing is from The National Writing Project.
The New York Times has published a major article on technology use in schools titled In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores.
Inflating the Software Report Card appeared in The New York Times.
Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology is from the Mind Shift blog and offers useful commentary on recent research on technology in education.
Mixed results using iPads reviews a study evaluating tech’s impact on student achievement.
Plugged into learning: Computers help students advance is from Eureka Alert.
The Tech-Driven Classroom Is Here, But Grades Are Mixed is from Forbes.
The Relationship Status of Teachers and Educational Technology: It’s Complicated by Roxanna Elden is hands-down the wittiest, and certainly one of the most insightful, pieces I’ve read about the use of ed tech. It’s not about research, but it’s essential reading.
Do smart devices make smart kids? is from The BBC.
Mixed grades for Peru’s kids laptop program is from USA Today.
What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need is from The Mind/Shift blog.
Maine’s Decade-Old School Laptop Program Wins Qualified Praise is from The Huffington Post.
Technology Integration Research Review is from Edutopia.
Studies of iPad Use in Education is from Richard Byrne.
Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools is from The New York Times.
So, do iPads really improve student learning? is from Plugged-In Pedagogy.
iPads In Special Ed: What Does The Research Say? is from NPR.
Educational technology isn’t leveling the playing field is from The Hechinger Report.
Report: Technology benefits at-risk students is from Ed Source.
Digital tools in K-12 classrooms and student achievement: Weighing the evidence is from The Shorenstein Center.
Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not is from NPR.
Computers in the classroom are a no-brainer, right? Not so fast. is from The Washington Post.
What Makes Educational Technology Programs Work? is by Robert Slavin.
Sharing iPads Helps Kindergartners Learn is from The Pacific Standard.
Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach and How Teachers Use Ed Tech: 8 Research Studies You Need to Know are both from Ed Week.
‘Teachers have decided that one of the best uses of tech is to make their lives easier…’ Huzzah for that! lunch.http://t.co/IotqhlN9zU
— Doug Lemov (@Doug_Lemov) June 12, 2015
Here Again: The Old Chestnut about Technology Increasing Student Achievement is by Larry Cuban.
“Lack of Computers in Schools May Be a Blessing”–OECD Report (Part 1) is by Larry Cuban. It’s his take on the recent OECD report on tech in schools
Additional contributions are welcome!
Pupils learn poorly when using most computer programs is from Science Daily.
“explanations as to how, or why, using tablets within certain activities can improve learning remain elusive” https://t.co/yODR4esLVq
— Paul Bruno (@MrPABruno) December 14, 2015
— Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) December 7, 2015
Technology in Education: What Teachers Should Know is by By Pedro De Bruyckere, Paul A. Kirschner, Casper D. Hulshof.
What does research really say about iPads in the classroom? is from eSchool News.
What research says about classroom technology is from Smart Blogs.
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On the same day, the results of two big studies were announced – with opposing conclusions in the headlines. One said laptops helped learning and the other said it hurt. If you read the articles, though, you can see that they both researched very different practices. The positive results were found in what seemed to be well-organized one-to-one K-12 environments, and the negative findings came in college classes where students were allowed to use laptops on their own in an unsupervised manner:
Students who use digital devices in class ‘perform worse in exams’ is from The Guardian.
Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class is a Washington Post report on a recent study that I’ve previously discussed.
State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds is from The Hechinger Report.
The Bipolar Literature on Technology in U.S. Schools is by Larry Cuban.
Caution Flags For Tech In Classrooms is from NPR.
Mathematica Policy Research has released a simple twelve-page guide titled Understanding Types of Evidence: A Guide for Educators.
It’s specifically designed to help educators analyse claims made by ed tech companies but, as the report says itself, the guidance can be applied to any type of education research.
You might also want to explore the nearly 760 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.