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Title: Evaluation of the 21st Century Learning Spaces Initiative in MCPS

Topic: Evaluation of Programs
Produced by: Evaluation Team
Published: January 2017
Authors: Julie Wade, Natalie Wolanin, and Seong Jang
Keywords: technology, Chromebooks, 21st Century Learning Spaces Initiative
Years of Study: 2015-2016
School Levels: Elementary
Format: Report
Pages: 82

Description: The Office of Shared Accountability collaborated with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer to conduct an evaluation of the 21st Century Learning Spaces Initiative. The initiative aims to build technology-enriched learning communities in MCPS schools through deployment of mobile technology devices in all Grade 3, 4, 5, and 6 classrooms, and in high school Social Studies classes. The study examined the implementation of the initiative, including the professional learning opportunities that were provided alongside the deployment of the new technology. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected, including surveys of teachers, principals, and technology instructional specialists; classroom observations; and students' usage data.

Recommendations:

  • Build in dedicated time for teachers to learn and grow in their use of technology
  • Develop additional ways to provide ongoing information and guidance about available Apps
  • Work with principals to promote a climate of safe and supported risk-taking in the integration of technology
  • Better integrate technology in Curriculum 2.0

File name: 21st Century Learning Spaces Init FINAL.pdf

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