The International Research Collaborative Technology Use and Belief Study is a unique partnership between educational researchers, data scientists, and visionary leaders from international schools seeking to more closely examine and evaluate the role and impacts of educational technology on teaching and learning.
Through this Collaborative, each participating school is given full access, instructions and support to customized research and measurement tools to systematically collect, quantify, and interpret the perspectives of students, teachers, and parents through a series of fully customizable state-of-the-art surveys. For participating schools, such results will provide a general audit of teacher and student access, beliefs, and practices (with and without technology) that support learning. To provide a broader perspective and lens, schools will also be able to compare their own results to other international schools in the Collaborative.
This collaborative research opportunity is intended primarily for international school communities that have made significant investments in student computing programs (i.e. 1-to-1 computing, BYOD, etc.), or are on the verge of implementing a new technology program to support teaching and learning. Guided by leading experts in the measurement field, partner schools have a rich opportunity to seriously document and evaluate how educational technology is used across their school community to support teaching and learning. Common metrics, goals, and language will be developed, allowing participating schools a richer understanding of similarities and differences in their educational technology implementation models, expectations, and outcomes.
Participating schools have a powerful opportunity to model and increase the degree to which research-informed results can be used for systemic school-wide reflection as well as the appropriate use of data to inform your school’s decision-making process.
As a member of the Collaborative, your school will be better able to properly address and answer a broad range of questions using your own data sources, including:
How do you show the efficacy of your school’s educational technology investments?
How do you quantify the use and value of your school’s resources?
How do you determine if your implementation model for student computing is benefiting all classes and students equally?
How do you determine if your investments in educational technology are helping to evolve teaching and learning practices in your classrooms?
How do you know if your school is meeting students and parent expectations for the use of educational technology in school?
How do the practices of your teachers and students compare to teachers and students in other International schools?
How much consensus is there in your school community towards educational technology and 21st century learning goals?
Dr. Damian Bebell has an established reputation as a leader in the design and implementation of empirical research studies in technology rich educational environments. As a frequent keynote speaker and contributor to many of the field’s top peer-reviewed journals, Damian’s work serves a wide audience ranging from school level educators to state and national policy makers.
Damian holds a position of Assistant Research Professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education where he has taught research methodology courses and is a senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP).
Damian is currently directing a Gates sponsored evaluation study with MIT. Damian is also the researcher of the International School Research Collaborative, a longitudinal research collaboration between 1:1 schools, educational leadership, and data scientists around the world.
Sujoy Chaudhuri is a data scientist with the American School of Bombay. He has trained and worked as an ecologist, corporate executive, and data nerd. As an ecologist, he has worked extensively on human wildlife conflict, studying and modeling conflict with leopards, non-human primates and elephants across India.
As software developer, he has worked with the Aster team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories to create Terralook (click for further details) a GIS toolkit for browsing and manipulating their vast archives of satellite imagery. In his corporate avatar, he has built several large financial portals. Right now, he's having fun creating apps that help tell stories with data.