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Study to Analyze What Factors Contribute to Success in the Use of Technology

Futurekids, Inc., in partnership with Newsome Park Elementary School, will participate in a groundbreaking new research study called the Integrated Studies of Educational Technology (ISET). The study will be conducted by the Stanford Research Institute International, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Planning and Evaluation Service. The ISET study will focus on the success factors that contribute to effective vendor-school relationships regarding professional development in the use of technology. The purpose of the study is to discover how states, districts, administrators and teachers perceive the current state of professional development in educational technology, and to determine what the best practices are for its use in schools and classrooms.

Additional research questions will focus on contextual factors, such as strategies, resources, leadership, and evaluation that contribute to effective professional development in educational technology. The circumstances under which the instructional use of technology results in significant changes in teaching and learning will also be explored. Analysis derived from the ISET study will provide the U.S. Department of Education with the data it needs to enable policymakers to make informed decisions about future federal investments in educational technology. Futurekids, Long Beach, CA, (562) 296-1111, www.futurekids.com.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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