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Best Practices for Evaluating Mobile Learning: Real Stories from Around the Globe

Join Dr. Julie Evans on Monday afternoon at ISTE 2018!

Monday, June 25, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: W375/Skyline, Chicago

The pervasiveness of mobile devices in the classroom demands that education leaders think differently about how to evaluate the impact of mobiles on student learning and teacher productivity. Using projects from around the globe, we will examine new approaches for measuring value and demonstrating return on investment for your stakeholders.

According to the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, 78% of teachers now report that their students have regular access to some type of mobile device (laptop, tablet, Chromebook) for use within the learning process in their classroom. Additionally, 84% of administrators agree that the use of mobile devices are important for student learning and preparation for college and career. Despite the increased usage in the classroom and high valuation by school and district leaders, many schools and districts are increasingly puzzled by the what/when/how/where and why of measuring the real impact of mobile devices and wireless connectivity on student learning and teacher productivity. When asked to identify the most important benefits of using mobile devices in the classroom, the standard response from most educators is that these highly connected, compelling tools inspire increased student engagement in learning. However, demonstrating quantitatively the value of an investment in mobile initiatives to a skeptical school board or community group can be elusive, especially in terms of the engagement benefit alone. Increasingly, school and district leaders are looking for best practices and methodologies for measuring the value of mobile learning across many different areas including student achievement results, college and career preparation, extended learning experiences, interest in STEM/STEAM fields, teacher productivity and efficacy, as well as student engagement.

In this session, Dr. Julie Evans, who has been leading projects to evaluate the impact of mobile devices in the classroom since 2007, will examine innovative thinking from around the globe around the best new practices for measuring the impact of mobile and wireless technologies. The foundation for the best practices will be the real stories and experiences of mobile learning projects in Turkey, Chicago and San Diego, as well as the latest research findings from the Speak Up Project. The session will include practical suggestions such as how to develop a mobile learning specific logical framework and a companion evaluation plan that provides school leaders with actionable findings that can be used to improve local mobile learning programs, to demonstrate value to stakeholders, and to justify mobile learning investments. Using actual school scenarios, session participants will have the opportunity to get real with samples of both quantitative and qualitative data collection tools used in evaluations and to work with elbow partners to see how those tools support school objectives for mobile learning programs. This hands-on experience with stimulate new ways for educators to conceptualize how they can do a more comprehensive and appropriate evaluations in their own schools and districts, and empower them to think differently about articulating the benefits of mobile devices to key stakeholder groups. Each participant will gain access to a repository of mobile learning evaluation reports and a new mobile infographic on the trends in mobile learning from the Speak Up Project 2017 data.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn new ways to think about evaluating mobile learning projects
  • Understand the importance of aligning objectives and evaluation methodologies
  • Gain new insights into the mechanics of evaluating mobile learning
  • Learn about how projects around the globe are thinking about best practices
  • Appreciate the value of articulating quantitative and qualitative benefits to key stakeholder groups

Find the Best Practices for Evaluating Mobile Learning session on the ISTE 2018 site.


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