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NCES 2010040 Teachers' Use of Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: 2009
This First Look report presents data from a spring 2009 Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey on the availability and use of educational technology by public elementary/secondary school teachers. The teacher survey includes information on the use of computers and Internet access in the classroom; availability and use of computing devices, software, and school or district networks (including remote access) by teachers; students' use of educational technology; teachers' preparation to use educational technology for instruction; and technology-related professional development activities.
5/5/2010
NCES 2010034 Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: Fall 2008
This First Look report presents data from a fall 2008 Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey of public schools on the availability and use of educational technology. This includes information on computer hardware and Internet access, availability of staff to help integrate technology into instruction and provide timely technical support, and perceptions of educational technology issues at the school and district level.
4/28/2010
NCES 2010013 Digest of Education Statistics, 2009
The 45th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest's primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.
4/7/2010
NCES 2010041 Public-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 93): Educational Technology in Public School Districts, Fall 2008
This file contains data from a 2008 fast-response survey titled "Educational Technology in Public School Districts." This survey provides national estimates on the availability and use of educational technology in public school districts during fall 2008. This is one of a set of three surveys (at the district, school, and teacher levels) that collected data on a range of educational technology resources. NCES released the results of this district-level survey in the First Look report Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008 (NCES 2010-003).

Questionnaires and cover letters for the study were mailed to the superintendent of each sampled school district in early August 2008. The letter introduced the study and requested that the questionnaire be completed by the person most knowledgeable about educational technology in the district. Respondents were offered the option of completing the survey via the web or by mail. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated in late August 2008 and completed in January 2009. The weighted response rate was 90 percent.

The survey asked respondents to report information on networks and Internet capacity, technology policies, district-provided resources, teacher professional development, and district-level leadership for technology. Respondents reported the number of schools in the district with a local area network and the number of schools with each type of district network connection. Data on the types of connections from districts to the Internet were also collected. The survey collected information on written district policies on acceptable student use of various technologies. Other survey topics included employment of staff responsible for educational technology leadership and the type of teacher professional development offered or required by districts for educational technology. Respondents gave their opinions on statements related to the use of educational technology in the instructional programs in their districts.
3/29/2010
NCES 2010003 Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008
This First Look report presents data from a fall 2008 district Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey on the availability and use of educational technology. This includes information on networks and Internet capacity, technology policies, district-provided resources, teacher professional development, and district-level leadership for technology.
12/16/2009
REL 20094068 A Multisite Cluster Randomized Trial of the Effects of Compass Learning Odyssey Math on the Math Achievement of Selected Grade 4 Students in the Mid-Atlantic Region
This study was the first randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of Odyssey Math on student achievement. The study had the statistical power needed to detect a 0.20 effect size and was well designed in that comparable groups were created at baseline and maintained through posttesting. Implementation during the school year was documented and shown to be consistent with typical implementation of the Odyssey Math software. The results from the multilevel model with pretest covariates also indicate that Odyssey Math did not yield a statistically significant impact on end-of-year student achievement. This study generated a statistically unbiased estimate of the effect of Odyssey Math on student achievement when implemented in typical school settings with typical teacher and student use. However, the findings apply only to participating schools, teachers, and students because the study used a volunteer sample.
11/30/2009
NCES 2009020 Digest of Education Statistics, 2008
The 44th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest's primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.
3/18/2009
NCES 2009044 Distance Education at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions: 2006-07
This report presents findings from "Distance Education at Postsecondary Institutions: 2006-07", a survey that was designed to provide national estimates on distance education at 2-year and 4-year Title IV eligible, degree-granting institutions. Distance education was defined as a formal education process in which the student and instructor are not in the same place. Thus, instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous, and it may involve communication through the use of video, audio, or computer technologies, or by correspondence (which may include both written correspondence and the use of technology such as CD-ROM). The questionnaire instructed institutions to include distance education courses and programs that were formally designated as online, hybrid/blended online, and other distance education courses and programs. Hybrid/blended online courses were defined as a combination of online and in-class instruction with reduced in-class seat time for students.

The 2006-07 study on distance education collected information on the prevalence, types, delivery, policies, and acquisition or development of distance education courses and programs. Findings indicate that during the 2006-07 academic year, two-thirds (66 percent) of 2-year and 4-year Title IV degree-granting postsecondary institutions reported offering online, hybrid/blended online, or other distance education courses for any level or audience. Sixty-five percent of the institutions reported college-level credit-granting distance education courses, and 23 percent of the institutions reported noncredit distance education courses. Sixty-one percent of 2-year and 4-year institutions reported offering online courses, 35 percent reported hybrid/blended courses, and 26 percent reported other types of college-level credit-granting distance education courses. Together, distance education courses accounted for an estimated 12.2 million enrollments (or registrations). Asynchronous (not simultaneous or real-time) Internet-based technologies were cited as the most widely used technology for the instructional delivery of distance education courses; they were used to a large extent in 75 percent and to a moderate extent in 17 percent of the institutions that offered college-level credit-granting distance education courses. The most common factors cited as affecting distance education decisions to a major extent were meeting student demand for flexible schedules, providing access to college for students who would otherwise not have access, making more courses available, and seeking to increase student enrollment.
12/30/2008
WWC QRSMS0508 WWC Quick Review of the Report: "Scaling Up SimCalc Project: Can a Technology Enhanced Curriculum Improve Student Learning of Important Mathematics?"
This study examines whether SimCalc Mathworlds improves students' knowledge of the algebra concepts of rate and proportionality.
5/6/2008
NCES 2008013 Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Educational Technology in Teacher Education Programs for Initial Licensure
This file contains data from a 2006 quick-response survey titled “Educational Technology in Teacher Education Programs for Initial Licensure.” The study provides information on how teacher candidates within teacher education programs for initial licensure at 4-year postsecondary institutions are being prepared to use educational technology once they enter the field. The survey questions focus on the characteristics of teacher education programs for initial licensure, regardless of whether the programs are at the undergraduate or graduate level. NCES released the results of the survey in the publication Educational Technology in Teacher Education Programs for Initial Licensure. In May 2006, questionnaires and cover letters for the study were mailed to all Title IV degree-granting 4-year postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The letter introduced the study, and requested that the questionnaire be completed by the person or persons at the institution most knowledgeable about the role of educational technology in the institution’s teacher education programs for initial licensure. Respondents were also offered the option of completing the survey via the Web. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated in June 2006, and data collection was completed in September 2006. The final response rate was 95 percent. Respondents were asked about the educational technology-related topics and practices taught within teacher education programs for initial licensure (e.g., using Internet resources and communication tools for instruction, creating or using digital portfolios, using technology to access or manipulate data to guide instruction). They were asked to report the extent to which teacher candidates are taught to use technology tools for a variety of purposes (e.g., enhancing or enriching classroom instruction, assessing individual student progress, designing instructional interventions). Information was collected on the extent to which teacher candidates are able to practice what they learn during their field experiences and the extent to which this opportunity is impeded by a variety of barriers within classrooms (e.g., availability of technology infrastructure, willingness of supervising teachers to integrate technology, competing priorities in the classrooms). Respondents also reported the perceived program outcomes for graduates (e.g., the ability to construct project-based learning lessons, recognize when students with special needs may benefit from adaptive/assistive technology, integrate technology into instruction). The extent to which various factors act as barriers to the integration of educational technology into the daily teaching and learning environment of teacher candidates was also collected.
4/9/2008
NCES 2008022 Digest of Education Statistics, 2007
The 43rd in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest’s primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.
3/25/2008
NCES 2008040 Educational Technology in Teacher Education Programs for Initial Licensure
This report details findings from “Educational Technology in Teacher Education Programs for Initial Licensure,” a survey that was designed to provide policy makers, researchers, educators, and administrators with timely baseline information on a range of topics involving educational technology and teacher education programs for initial licensure at 4-year postsecondary institutions. Findings suggest that teacher education programs for initial licensure were oriented toward preparing teacher candidates to use educational technology. For example, while about half of all institutions with teacher education programs for initial licensure offered 3- or 4-credit stand-alone courses in educational technology in their programs, many also taught educational technology within methods courses (93 percent), within the field experiences of teacher candidates (79 percent), and within content courses (71 percent). Large majorities of institutions agreed (strongly or somewhat) that their program graduates possess the skills and experience to integrate technology into instruction, and can construct project-based learning lessons involving educational technology. However, institutions reported a variety of barriers that impeded efforts to prepare teacher candidates to use educational technology within both program coursework and field experiences. For example, a majority of institutions reported a variety of moderate or major barriers to the ability of teacher candidates to practice educational technology-related skills and knowledge during their field experiences, including competing priorities in the classroom (74 percent), available technology infrastructure in the schools (73 percent), and lack of training or skill (64 percent), time (62 percent), and willingness (53 percent) on the part of supervising teachers to integrate technology in their classrooms.
12/5/2007
NCES 2007466 Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments: A Report From the NAEP Technology-Based Assessment Project
This report describes results from the third and last field investigation in the NAEP Technology-Based Assessment Project, which explores the use of new technology in administering NAEP. (The first two focused on assessments of math and writing online.) In the TRE study, two extended scenarios within the domain of physical science were created for measuring students’ ability to solve problems using technology. The TRE Search scenario required students to locate and synthesize information about scientific helium balloons from a simulated World Wide Web environment. The TRE Simulation scenario required students to conduct experiments of increasing complexity about relationships among buoyancy, mass and volume. These scenarios were delivered via school computers or on laptop computers taken into the schools. The sample was nationally representative, consisting of over 2,000 public school 8th grade students tested in 2003. Students were randomly assigned to the assessment scenarios. The TRE project was intended as an exploratory study of how NAEP can use technology to measure skills that cannot be easily measured by conventional paper-and-pencil means. TRE Search produced a total score and two subscores, scientific inquiry and computer skills. The TRE Simulation scenario produced a total score and three subscores: scientific exploration, scientific synthesis, and computer skills. The results indicate that the TRE scenarios functioned well as assessment devices.
8/16/2007
NCES 2007017 Digest of Education Statistics, 2006
The 42nd in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest’s primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.
7/26/2007
NCES 2007035 Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2002
Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2002 Abstract This file contains data from a fall 2002 fast-response survey titled “Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2002.” This study was included in a series of fast-response surveys that have tracked access to information technology in schools and classrooms since 1994. These surveys provide trend analysis on the percent of public schools and instructional rooms with Internet access and on the ratio of students to instructional computers with Internet access. NCES released the results of the 2002 survey in the publication “Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994-2002.” Questionnaires and cover letters for the study were mailed to the principal of each sampled school in early October 2002, requesting that the questionnaire be completed by the technology coordinator or person most knowledgeable about Internet access at the school. Respondents were also offered the option of completing the survey via the Web. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated later in October and completed in December. The final response rate was 92 percent. Respondents were asked about the number of instructional computers with access to the Internet, the types of Internet connections, support of computer hardware/software, technologies and procedures used to prevent student access to inappropriate material on the Internet, and computer availability outside of regular school hours. Respondents also provided information on school websites, the availability of hand-held and laptop computers for students and teachers, and teacher professional development on how to integrate the use of the Internet into the curriculum.
6/6/2007
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