Research & Forecasts


Project-Based Learning: 'Promising but Not Proven,' Researchers Say

Does a focus on exploring real-world problems and challenges help students learn more effectively? That's the question posed in a working paper from research non-profit MRDC, which undertook a literature review on the topic of project-based learning (PBL) — 17 years after the last such review.

Chromebooks or Smartphones? 1-to-1 or BYOD? Why Not Both?

As many high schoolers are using their personal devices in class as school-issued Chromebooks. According to new data released this fall, more than half — 58 percent — reported using their personal devices in the classroom for school-related activities; a similar percentage (56 percent) are using school-issued Chromebooks.

Boosting Number of Girls in Math Class Can Improve Test Results

Does gender composition and peer achievement in high school make a difference to math test scores or school attendance?

Report: Tablets Decline in 3rd Quarter

Increased demand for smartphones, a lengthening replacement cycle for tablets and an improving position for traditional PCs has left tablets in a tough position.

Study: CTE Courses Later in High School May Improve Student Persistence

A new study from researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara suggests that taking career and technical education (CTE) courses in the last couple years of high school may improve the chances a student will graduate.

Most Teachers Say Classroom Tech Helps Students, but Teachers Need More Training

Nearly four in five — 78 percent — of teachers say they haven't received the training they need to effectively use the technology they're asked to in the classroom, according to a new report.

Newark School Reform Shows Mixed Impact

What does $200 million in school reform buy you? Improved English scores and no big change in math achievement. That's the bottom line offered in a working paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which examined an education transformation project in Newark Public Schools.

Report: 2 in 5 Kids 8 and Under Have Their Own Tablets

Nearly half — 42 percent — of children eight years old or younger have their own tablet. That number is up from just 1 percent in 2011.

Cyberlearning Research Report Peeks into Future of Ed Tech

Among the questions hundreds of research projects are attempting to answer are these: How will students "use their bodies and minds to learn what will be important in the 21st century, such as collaboration, scientific argumentation, mathematical reasoning, computational thinking, creative expression, design thinking and civic engagement?"

Report: Device Shipments to See Largest Growth Since 2015

Despite a common misconception that the world runs on smartphones instead of PCs, a recent online end-user survey conducted by Gartner suggests that people rely on traditional computers as much as they do phones.

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