Quaker Valley Digital School District: Early Effects and Plans for Future Evaluation

By Kerri A. Kerr; John F. Pane et al. | Go to book overview

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
This report reviewed data describing the implementation and impact of Quaker Valley's Digital School District initiative through the second year of implementation, and provided a conceptual framework and suggested strategies for carrying out further evaluation of a continuation of the DSD program.Key findings from qualitative analyses related to DSD implementation and impact revealed mixed perceptions of district members regarding the effectiveness and usefulness of the initiative. Data revealed varied and positive uses of the new technologies by teachers, students, and administrators with reported benefits for all members. However, some unintended negative consequences for students and teachers were evident, such as inappropriate use of technology and increased time spent on administrative and instructional planning tasks. In addition, problems with hardware, connections, and a lack of sufficient technical support mechanisms may have hindered successful implementation of the initiative.Several questions and issues related to the current implementation of the DSD program became clear throughout the course of collecting and analyzing data for this study. Based on prior research and findings from the qualitative analyses reported here, we offer the following recommendations regarding the ongoing implementation of the DSD program:
Focus professional development on curricular integration of technology. Existing research identifies targeted professional development as a key factor in successful implementation of an educational technology initiative, and teachers and administrators at Quaker Valley clearly identified a need for additional formal training on this topic.
Provide an accountability mechanism that clearly states the district's expectations for how the technology will be used in instruction, and provides incentives for compliance and consequences for noncompliance with these expectations. Currently, no formal accountability mechanisms have been instituted; as a result of this and other factors, wide variation in technology use was observed across the district.

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  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Tables ix
  • Summary xi
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Conceptual Framework 9
  • Current Status of the Digital School District Initiative 31
  • Plans for Future Evaluation of the Digital School District Initiative 49
  • Conclusions and Recommendations 63
  • References 67
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