Research & Forecasts


Research: Most Teachers Use Technology, Few See Improvements in Achievement

A new survey of K-12 teachers found that 88 percent of respondents said they and their students use technology in class but only 24 percent said they believe it has a strong positive effect on student achievement and a mere 13 percent said it has a strong positive effect on standardized test scores.

U Iowa Researchers Tackle Cheap Magnetic to Optical Data Transfer for Plastic Chips

Cheap, flexible computers may be one step closer to reality, thanks to researchers at the University of Iowa and New York University.

Research: Wearables on the Rise

The number of wearable computing devices sold in the United States will triple in 2014, according to a new forecast from market researcher International Data Corporation, to top 19 million shipments.

ELL Students Neglected in School Turnaround Efforts

A new evaluation of School Improvement Grant recipients shows that even in schools with high percentages of English language learners, ELL students were poorly represented in strategic reform efforts.

Report Spotlights Problems with Virtual School Data

Virtual K-12 enrollments in Michigan have surged in the last three years while completion rates have declined slightly. But beyond that, according to a new report, little insight can be gleaned about the effectiveness of virtual schools owing to the poor quality of data reported to the state.

Research: PC Shipment Decline Slows

Global PC shipments dropped 1.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in the previous year, according to market research company Gartner. The decline is the smallest the segment has seen in the last seven quarters.

Research: Online Gaming Expands the Social Life of Gamers

People who play massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) may notprefer the company of avatars to live humans after all. In fact, reports new research supported by the United States Air Force Research Laboratory, online gaming expands players' social lives.

Report: Student Social Network Use Declines as Social Apps Move to Take Their Place

The number of students who maintain a profile on a social networking site has decreased by nearly 40 percent in the last five years according to a new report from Project Tomorrow. This year only 30 percent of middle school students (grades 6-8) and 39 percent of high school students (grades 9-10) told researchers they were actively using such a site.

New York U Confirms Value of Stanford K-12 Online Learning Program

New York University has confirmed the effectiveness of a Stanford University-run online program that accelerates learning for students in grades K-12.

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One-Third of U.S. Students Use School-Issued Mobile Devices

New research indicates virtually all middle and high school students have access to mobile devices and are using them for schoolwork. And nearly a third of them are using mobile devices issued by their schools.

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