Developed by the team at Project Tomorrow, building on more than a decade of evaluation studies and insights from the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, this new Snapshot is a research-based tool designed to help school leaders get beyond just “student engagement” as a level of success (or failure) of their mobile learning initiatives. Increasingly, administrators, technology leaders and school board members are being asked to determine the ROI (return on investment) of school technology, to make the case to their communities that these technology investments are worth the expense, the professional development and the growing pains. Additionally, with the increasing concern of parents about too much screen time for their children, the impetus for schools and districts to present a case for why mobile learning is important is more critical than ever before.
This new tool was developed to help.
While we have seen huge growth in technology investments in schools, we know that relatively few schools or districts have conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of all of these mobile devices in the classroom. Rather, the approach has been mostly anecdotal, and while those vignettes or user stories are effective for painting a picture of the mobile device usage, they are no longer sufficient in many cases to build a compelling value case or to satisfy school boards and other governance bodies that are seeking more tangible outcomes to justify the investments.
What we have learned: many districts say that there are two predominant barriers to doing aa comprehensive evaluation of their mobile learning projects:
That’s where the new Mobile Learning Impact Snapshot tool, and supporting resources, can help!
Since 2007, Project Tomorrow has been designing and implementing mobile learning evaluations for schools, districts and philanthropic organizations who have funded mobile learning projects. We understand how to identify effective usage and the markers for implementing a high impact, sustainable mobile learning project. We understand how to collect valid data, both quantitative and qualitative feedback, from students, teachers and administrators and, more importantly, how to interpret that data to identify tangible outcomes as well as areas for improvement. (See some of our reports on our mobile learning project evaluations).
Our goal with the new Mobile Learning Impact Snapshot is to democratize mobile learning evaluation. Via this tool, we are providing every school or district with an easy and cost effective (free!) way to assess the impact of their mobile learning project.
We are providing this service as part of our internationally recognized Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning to any K-12 school or district that would like to use our surveys to collect feedback from their grade 6-12 students and/or teachers about the implementation of mobile devices in the classroom. The data collected will help school and district leaders understand:
School and district leaders will be able to use this data to inform their school boards, parents and greater community about the value of the investments they have made and the impact of those decisions.
How is works:
Just like Speak Up, this is 100% a free service. While this is not meant to take the place of a fully featured evaluation conducted by an organization like Project Tomorrow, it is meant to help schools and districts collect important data from their stakeholders and gain new understanding about the impact of their mobile learning projects.
Get started today with Speak Up and the fall Mobile Learning Impact Snapshot!
Learn more about our other Snapshot tool: Teacher Professional Learning Snapshot.