Working Group I
EdTech User Voice

How do institutions weigh and balance efficacy research and the potentially competing preferences of students, teachers, parents, and other end users?

Working Group I: Blog
EdTech User Voice
October 5, 2016

In a recent survey of over 4,300 American teachers by TES Global, over 48% of teachers reasoned that budgets appear to drive much of Ed-Tech decision-making across the United States.

In fact, in a recent report from Digital Promise and the Education Industry Association entitled Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing, identified involving teacher’s directly in the procurement process as one of six key ways to improve the procurement of personalized learning tools. This same study also identified a key disconnect that 70 percent of superintendents are satisfied with end-user involvement in procurement, but only 32% of (teachers, students and principals) are satisfied with their involvement in the process.

The goal of our research is to determine what role student, teacher, parent, or other end user preferences should play in technology decision-making with educational institutions. While there is already a pool of relevant existing research, we will explore this topic further by conducting an exploratory case study with the possibility of informing a large-scale survey of representative educational institutions.

If you know of any efforts to describe or research on how preferences of students, teachers, parents, or other users are used in technology decision-making, please share them with us in our Google form so that our Working Group can leverage existing resources and efforts. Thank you!



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Working Group I
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Working Group Leader
Adam Stephens
Officer of Advanced Academics
Houston ISD (TX)
Research Lead
Jennifer Chiu
Assistant Professor
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Working Group Members
Bridget Burns
Executive Director
University Innovation Alliance
Chad Ratliff
Director of Instructional Programs
Abermarle County Schools
Cheryl Niehaus
US Education Program Officer
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Jason Edwards
Senior Associate
American Federation of Teachers
Kecia Ray
Executive Director
Center for Digital Education
Melinda Karp
Assistant Director
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Pam Moran
Superintendent
Albemarle County Schools (VA)
Sam Chaudhary
Co-Founder & CEO
ClassDojo
Scott Miller
Principal
Avonworth Primary Center (PA)
Tim Renick
Vice Provost & Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success
Georgia State University
Tonika Cheek Clayton
Managing Partner
NewSchools Venture Fund
Logistics Lead
Ileen Warner
Vice President of Communications
Jefferson Education Accelerator, University of Virginia
Adam Stephens
Officer of Advanced Academics
Houston ISD (TX)
Under Adam's leadership the Advanced Academics department seeds, supports, and scales efforts that harness the possibilities of next-generation learning for all HISD students today.
Adam Stephens
Officer of Advanced Academics
Houston ISD (TX)
Under Adam's leadership the Advanced Academics department seeds, supports, and scales efforts that harness the possibilities of next-generation learning for all HISD students today.
Bridget Burns
Executive Director
University Innovation Alliance
Bridget leads a national consortium of large American public research universities collaborating to improve outcomes for students. Her previous experience includes service as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for the Oregon University System, an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, and National Associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
Chad Ratliff
Director of Instructional Programs
Abermarle County Schools
Chad’s work focuses on seeding, designing, and expanding Albemarle County’s portfolio of nontraditional learning experiences through pedagogy and programs as part of the district’s focus on student agency and lifelong learning. He also heads up strategic partnerships and serves as Project Director for the $3.4 million U.S. DoE Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering as a Driver of Cross-Curricular Change. He was recently appointed to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship and served on the Virginia Board of Education’s Advisory Committee for CTE from 2009-2015.
Cheryl Niehaus
US Education Program Officer
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
A former high school teacher, Cheryl leads the foundation’s efforts to increase the number of schools and schools systems supporting teachers in creating more personalized learning experiences for students. She previously served as senior product manager at Harcourt Education.
Ileen Warner
Vice President of Communications
Jefferson Education Accelerator, University of Virginia
Ileen is a marketing consultant focused in education where she develops and implements programs that bring together the greatest minds in the industry to collaborate and develop solutions through seminars, networking and sharing best practices. Ileen is also the Director of the YPO Higher Education Group.
Jason Edwards
Senior Associate
American Federation of Teachers
A former K-12 educator, Jason began working with the AFT to provide technical assistance to districts seeking to realize lasting reforms through collaborative partnership on many education improvement initiatives. He has begun to focus his efforts on Career and Technical Education and Education Technology as vehicles for education reform and student engagement.
Jennifer Chiu
Assistant Professor
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Jennifer's research includes designing educational technologies and design activities to help students learn STEM concepts as well as how to help teachers implement design projects. She is the Principal Investigator of a number of NSF-funded projects that involve engineering education and cyberlearning.
Kecia Ray
Executive Director
Center for Digital Education
As a district administrator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Kecia led the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs. After publishing an assessment to measure technology literacy in 1999, she conducted research in the US, Canada and South Africa on the use of technology in the K-12 classroom and the use of distance learning technologies to facilitate engaging learning environments.
Melinda Karp
Assistant Director
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
In her 16 years at CCRC, Melinda has developed a national reputation as an expert on smoothing students’ transitions into college and supporting them once there. She leads CCRC’s work on advising, institutional reform, and rethinking how to support community college students.
Pam Moran
Superintendent
Albemarle County Schools (VA)
Pam has provided 40 years of public education service in Virginia, beginning as a middle school science teacher in Orange County in 1975. She was appointed Superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in 2005. From 2009 until 2011 she served on various committees and as an Officer in the Virginia Association of School Superintendents before being elected as the President of VASS in 2012.
Sam Chaudhary
Co-Founder & CEO
ClassDojo
Sam is the co-founder and CEO of ClassDojo, a free app that helps teachers encourage students and engage families. ClassDojo is widely used across many countries and available in multiple languages. It has developed from a website to a mobile application that is easily accessible from anywhere by teachers, parents & students.
Scott Miller
Principal
Avonworth Primary Center (PA)
Prior to his current role, Scott was assistant principal at Avonworth Elementary and taught 6th grade math at Avonworth Middle School. His research interests include early childhood education pedagogy, creativity in the elementary school setting as part of effective lesson design, implementation of Common Core State Standards, and the development of maker spaces.
Tim Renick
Vice Provost & Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success
Georgia State University
Tim has overseen among the fastest improving graduation rates in the U.S. and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students' race, ethnicity or income level. He currently is principal investigator for $15 million in grants, including a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on low-income and first-generation students.
Tonika Cheek Clayton
Managing Partner
NewSchools Venture Fund
Tonika leads NewSchools’ Tools & Services team who invests in promising for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurs developing digital tools and services that support teaching and learning in PreK-12 schools. She previously spent eight years at Amplify and Wireless Generation and also worked as a researcher on Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project (PELP).
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