Ed Tech Tools Research Group Starts Work

The Jefferson Education Exchange has announced the 30-member steering committee who will guide the nonprofit's efforts to help educators make technology decisions that meet the specific needs of their learners.

The EdTech Genome Project will dig through "extensive research and direct outreach with educators to identify up to 10 contextual variables associated with ed tech implementation success or failure."

After the steering committee reaches consensus on the variables, the Jefferson Education Exchange facilitate the creation of national working groups to bring together researchers and practitioners with knowledge and experience in each area. Each group will "spend a year examining existing evidence and measurement instruments as each group works to reach consensus about how implementation factors such as 'teacher agency,' 'initiative fatigue,' 'quality of professional development' and other technical and cultural factors can be quantified."

The members of the steering committee are:

The steering committee will convene for the first time on Oct. 30.  More information about the Ed Tech Genome Project can be found here.

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