2008-09 Laptops for Learning Reports

FDE Goals

The purpose of the research component of the EETT Florida Digital Educator program at the state level is to answer this question:

How do laptop technology integration, professional development, and support impact student achievement, student digital literacy, teacher technology integration strategies, and digital content creation by students?

As a result of the EETT program implementation and this associated research effort, Florida legislators and educators across Florida will learn how a range of professional development and laptop implementations contribute to student performance and teaching with technology tools. We believe the following activities will provide the best picture of the effectiveness of the laptop and professional development programs in each district:

1. Impacts on student achievement:
Information about student achievement will be collected via teacher action research (AR) to enable teachers to define and measure achievement that is meaningful in their classrooms. EETT teachers in each district will work with mentors during the project period to determine how their use of technology is impacting student learning and achievement. Mentors may be identified by the district or may be provided from the cadre of experienced mentors in Florida. Mentors will be compensated with stipends. Mentors will participate in a one-hour online synchronous orientation session to learn about the AR process. We anticipate that each district’s teachers and mentor will be ready to start on the projects later in the fall and to continue with them into the spring.
2. Student digital literacy:
Information about 8th grade students’ levels of digital literacy will be measured using the online Florida Student Tool for Technology Literacy (ST2L). District coordinators will be contacted about this measure.
3. Teacher Technology Integration:
Information about each teacher’s uses of laptop and related technology will be collected through lesson plans describing lessons taught using laptop technology for student learning. Each teacher will be asked to send to a web-based system an example lesson plan during the first quarter of the school year that exemplifies his or her effective technology integration. During the fourth quarter of the year, each teacher will be asked to send another exemplary lesson. Trained Master Digital Educators will review lesson plans using a research-based rubric. Results will be aggregated. Please note we are not assessing the work of individual teachers.
4. Digital content creation by students:
Information about student uses of classroom laptops and related technology for creating digital materials will be collected through samples of student-created media from each teacher. Teaches will be asked during the first and fourth quarters of the year to upload an exemplary student-created digital content artifact to a web-based system. Trained Master Digital Educators will review student-created artifacts using a research-based rubric. Results will be aggregated. Please note we are not assessing the work of individual teachers or students.

Action Research

Additional Downloads

Action Research Update for Sept. 26 conference call

Mentors will be assigned to districts that requested them by Oct. 3.

AR mentor “training “ will be held via telephone the week of Oct. 13:

Mentors will be asked to review two online presentations prior to the call. These presentations will be available on the EETT site by October 6. The first presentation will be a narrated version of the overview presentation given to coordinators in August. The second will help prepare the mentors to support teachers as they craft their inquiry question. Mentors should have also read/skimmed the first two chapters of The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Classroom Research if your district has purchased these books.

The first part of the “training” meeting will focus on questions and comments related to the presentations. During the second part of the meeting, mentors will be introduced to the online AR tool. Mentors will leave the first training session ready to start mentoring the teachers assigned to them.

Mentors may select from the following dates for the first “training” session. We will send this information to all mentors but it would help if coordinators also relayed this information:

  • Monday, October 13 from 5 - 6 PM
  • Tuesday, October 14 from 4 – 5 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 10 – 11 AM
  • Friday, October 17 from 8:45 – 9:45 AM

NOTE: District coordinators and other interested individuals are welcomed to attend these sessions.

EETT 08-09 Teacher Lesson Plan and Student Digital Artifact Research Components

Teacher action research (AR), also known as teacher inquiry, is a strategy for helping educators study their own professional practice (Dana & Silva, 2003). In general, action research engages teachers in the study design, data collection, and interpretation of data around a question related to their classroom practice. AR was chosen as the mechanism to study student achievement because of the time frame of the EETT research, the inherent problems using standardized test data to document the effect of technology use (Haertel & Means, 2003) and the importance of documenting classroom- based student achievement (Dawson & Ferdig, 2006).

EETT teachers will develop AR questions related to the impact of EETT technology and resources on student learning in their classrooms. Master Digital Educators trained as AR mentors and will support EETT teachers during this process. Data and other information related to each AR project will be collected using an online tool known as ARTI (Action Research for Technology Integration). Information collected via ARTI corresponded with research-based codebooks developed from previous technology and learning meta-analyses (Cavanaugh, 2004; Waxman, Linn, and Michko, 2003) and research-based categories related to effective teaching (Ross, Smith & Alberg, 1999). Data from each district will aggregated into district profiles. Likewise, a statewide profile of how EETT technology impacted student learning will be compiled.

For more information on Action Research, including examples of past projects, download the Recruitment Document.

  • AR Timeline 2008
  • Mentor Guide
  • Cavanaugh, C., Gillan, K., Kromrey, J., Hess, M., & Blomeyer, B. (2004, October). The Effects of Distance Education on K–12 Student Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis. Naperville, IL: Learning Point Associates. http:// www.ncrel.org/tech/distance/index.html
  • Dana, N.F. & Silva, D.Y. (2003). The reflective educator’s guide to classroom research: Learning to teach and teaching to learn through practitioner inquiry. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc.
  • Means, B. & Olson, K. (1995). Technology’s role in educational reform: Findings from a national study of innovating schools. Washington, DC: Department of Education.
  • Ross, S. M., Smith, L. J., & Alberg, M. (1999). The School Observation Measure (SOM). Memphis, TN: Center for Research in Educational Policy, The University of Memphis.
  • Waxman, H.C., Lin, M.F., & Michko, G.M. (2003). A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of teaching and learning with technology on student outcomes. Retrieved February 28, 2006, from the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory Web site: http://www.ncrel.org/tech/effects2/waxman.pdf

Districts

Collier: Project Cyber Café

Award: $694,350.00
FDOE Project #110-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
Golden Gate Elem., Golden Terrace Elem., Golden Gate MS
Project:
Project Cyber Café
Synopsis:
The project objectives are to provide: 1) intensive teacher training and engagement in Action Research, 2) embed Web 2.0 tools in the standards based curriculum, and 3) pilot the use of the Student Technology Literacy Tool. It will also include developing and implementing project based instructional strategies through which students will use Web 2.0 to communicate, explore, inquire and analyze with the world beyond the schoolhouse.
District Website:
http://www.collier.k12.fl.us/

Coordinator Contact

Martha Green
Email: greenma@collier.k12.fl.us
Phone: 239-377-0459

Columbia: Reading Enhancement through Accessing Digital Tools (READ)

Award: $750,000.00
FDOE Project #120-1228A-8CD01
School(s):
Columbia HS, Ft. White HS, Challenge Learning Center, Lake City Christian School
Project:
Reading Enhancement through Accessing Digital Tools (READ)
Synopsis:
Reading/English teachers and administrators will be given intensive professional development through Florida Digital Educators Programs in the use of digital tools and how to incorporate theses tools into the curriculum through project based activities.
Project Website:
http://www.columbia.k12.fl.us/TechLab/READ/READ.html

Coordinator Contact

Jennifer Brewin
Email: brewin_j@firn.edu
Phone: 386-755-8025

Escambia: Laptops for 21st Century Learning

Award: $713,561.75
FDOE Project #170-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
Ferry Pass MS, Ransom MS, Woodham MS
Project:
Laptops for 21st Century Learning
Synopsis:
The project will focus on technology enhanced project-based learning activities as students acquire the digital literacy skills that are vital to success. Students will learn content knowledge, develop information and communication technology literacy and cultivate workplace competencies such as teamwork, communication, planning and problem solving.
District Website:
http://www.escambia.k12.fl.us/infotech/L421L/L421LHomepage.html

Coordinator Contact

Tom Ingram
Email: tingram@escambia.k12.fl.us
Phone: 850-469-5326

FAMU: Leveraging Laptops through the Florida Digital Educator Program

Award: $375,000.00
FDOE Project #685-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
FAMU DRS
Project:
Leveraging Laptops through the Florida Digital Educator Program
Synopsis:
The goal of the grant is to develop an effective model to enhance student achievement through the integration of laptop computers as a tool for teaching and learning in the classroom. The grant will also provide extensive and ongoing professional development to teachers.
School Website:
http://www.famu.edu/drs

Coordinator Contact

Carrie Herring
Email: carrie.herring@famu.edu
Phone: 850-599-3325

Gulf: The World as Seen Through Our Eyes

Award: $750,000.00
FDOE Project #230-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
Port St. Joe HS, Wewahitchka HS
Project:
The World as Seen Through Our Eyes
Synopsis:
Being that there are only two classroom sets of laptops in the entire district, the focus of the grant is to change teaching and learning from one of stand and deliver to one where the teacher is a facilitator who actively utilizes laptops and production technology to infuse digital learning and project based methodology and activities into the everyday classroom.
District Website:
http://www.gulf.k12.fl.us/

Coordinator Contact

Sara Joe Wooten
Email: swooten@gulf.k12.fl.us
Phone: 850-229-6940

Jackson: Students Achieve Success (SAS)

Award: $749,922.00
FDOE Project #320-1228A-8CD01
School(s):
Marianna HS, Marianna MS, Malone School, Sneads HS, Grand Ridge School, Cottondale HS, Graceville HS, Jackson Alternative School, Family Service Center
Project:
Students Achieve Success (SAS)
Synopsis:
The objective of this project is for level on e and level two students to Achieve Success by scoring a level three or above on the FCAT enabling them to move out of intensive classes more quickly. Teachers responsible for students in intensive classes will be provided professional development, in-class mentoring, and in interdisciplinary curriculum aligned by the Sunshine State Standards.
District Website:
http://www.jackson.k12.fl.us/

Coordinator Contact

Elizabeth Walden
Email: walden_e@firn.edu
Phone: 850-482-1200 x335

Lake: Tech-Connect

Award: $719,685.56
FDOE Project #350-1228A-8CD01
School(s):
Beverly Shores Elem., Fruitland Park Elem., Leesburg Elem., Tavares Elem., Triangle Elem., Mt. Dora MS
Project:
Tech-Connect
Synopsis:
Lake County teachers do have easy access to technology tools, and they lack the knowledge and confidence to use them. The Tech-Connect project will help teachers become more proficient and confident technology users by 1) Providing digital tools, 2) implementing professional development, 3) engaging in action research, and 4) involving Local and Florida Digital Educators in leveraging laptop use.
District Website:
http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/

Coordinator Contact

Kathy Halbig
Email: halbigk@lake.k12.fl.us
Phone: 352-253-6823

Madison: Digital Bridges of Madison County

Award: $719,319.57
FDOE Project #400-1228A-8CD01
School(s):
Madison County HS, Madison County Central School, Madison County Excel School, Pinetta Elem., Lee Elem., Greenville Elem.
Project:
Digital Bridges of Madison County
Synopsis:
Digital Bridges of Madison County is a comprehensive change in the entire science curriculum integrating math with an interdisciplinary approach; reconstituting the learning environments into smaller learning communities by 1) Bridges to Learning, 2) Bridges to Others and 3) Bridges of the Future.
District Website:
http://www.madison.k12.fl.us/

Coordinator Contact

Dale Rickards
Email: rickard@madison.k12.fl.us
Phone: 850-973-5022

Marion: Technology Educators And Mentors (TEAM) Marion

Award: $750,000.00
FDOE Project #420-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
Anthony Elem., Fessenden Elem., Reddick-Collier Elem., Sparr Elem., North Marion MS, North Marion HS, Saddlewood Elem., West Port MS, West Port HS, Belleview Elem., Belleview MS, Belleview HS
Project:
Technology Educators And Mentors (TEAM) Marion
Synopsis:
The purpose of the TEAM Marion project is to provide principals, teachers, and media specialist’s with the knowledge and tools to support project-based learning activities that involve digital content delivery, allowing teachers and students to engage in learning experiences that develop technological literacy and promote meaningful technological skills development.
District Website:
http://www.marion.k12.fl.us/

Coordinator Contact

Miriam Needham
Email: miriam.needham@marion.k12.fl.us
Phone: 352-671-4104

Okeechobee: 21st Century Teachers in 21st Century Classrooms

Award: $731,853.46
FDOE Project #470-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
Seminole Elem., Everglades Elem., New Endeavor HS, Okeechobee HS
Project:
21st Century Teachers in 21st Century Classrooms
Synopsis:
The project will: 1) provide 36 teachers with- a tablet PC, wireless LCD projector, and a Mimio interactive board, and an AV cart for their laptop and projector, 2) provide each school with a set of 10 Canon Digital video cameras and wireless microphones, 3) provide one day training on the use and maintenance of the tablet PC, projector and Mimio prior to the Teaching and Learning Institute, 4) provide training to those teachers and administrators participating in the program with 4 days of Teaching and Learning Institute, 5) provide a week of training during the summer through the district staff on project-based learning, podcasting, Web 2.0 tools and other resources available…
District Website:
http://www.okee.k12.fl.us/html/eett.html

Coordinator Contact

Shawna May
Email: maysw@okee.k12.fl.us
Phone: 863-462-5000 x298

Pinellas

Award: $718,999.57
FDOE Project #520-1228A-8CD01
School(s):
Kings Highway Elem., Kennedy MS, Pinellas Park Elem.Morgan Fitzgerald
Project:
no name
Synopsis:
Six multi-age, collaborative technology-rich project-based science units (inquires) will be conducted over the year. Each will allow for in-depth, sustained science learning focused on a specific topic that links elementary and middle school students to each other across an expanded virtual learning community.
District Website:
http://www.pinellas.k12.fl.us/itech/eett.html

Coordinator Contact

Charlie Nauda
Email: naudac@pcsb.org
Phone: 727-588-6299

PK Yonge: PKY Classrooms of the Future, Today

Award: $375,000.00
FDOE Project #015-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
PK Yonge
Project:
PKY Classrooms of the Future, Today
Synopsis:
Development of a model/ demonstration site for technology integration, 21st century skills development, and project-based learning implementation for Florida’s schools. Intensive, sustained, job-embedded, classroom-focused, need-based professional development will be provided through the project website (PKNET: PKY Networking Educators for Tomorrow) and a series of face-to-face workshops.
Project Website:
http://www.pky.ufl.edu/aboutPK/grants.php

Coordinator Contact

David Young
Email: dyoung@pky.ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-1554

Putnam: Infusing Digital Educators in Putnam (i-DEP)

Award: $750,000.00
FDOE Project #540-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
W.H. Beasley MS, William D. Moseley Elem., Mellon Elem., Interlachen HS, C.H. Price MS, Q.I. Roberts MS, James A. Long Elem., Robert H. Jenkins MS, George C. Miller Intermediate School, Crescent City Junior/Senior HS, Palatka HS, River Breeze Elem.
Project:
Infusing Digital Educators in Putnam (i-DEP)
Synopsis:
Provide laptops for teachers participating in the grant and purchase portable labs for every “C” school to ensure equal access and to encourage the implementation of project based learning.
Project Website:
http://pcsdpd.typepad.com/idep/

Coordinator Contact

Marsha Cruce
Email: mcruce@putnamschools.org
Phone: 386-329-0541

Suwannee: Engaging a New Generation in an Active and Gainful Education (ENGAGE)

Award: $750,000.00
FDOE Project #610-1228A-8CD01
School:
Suwannee Middle School
Project:
Engaging a New Generation in an Active and Gainful Education (ENGAGE)
Synopsis:
The primary purpose of this project is to improve students academic achievements in math through the use of technology at Suwannee Middle School (SMS).
Project Website:
http://www.suwannee.k12.fl.us/index.html

Coordinator Contact

Lynn Parker
Email: lparker@suwannee.k12.fl.us
Phone: 386-364-2625

Taylor: Laptop Initiative for Teaching 21st Century Skills (LIFT 21) Part II

Award: $719,685.56
FDOE Project #620-1228A-8CD01
School(s):
Taylor County HS
Project:
Laptop Initiative for Teaching 21st Century Skills (LIFT 21) Part II
Synopsis:
The project will focus on increasing opportunities for all teachers and students, particularly the challenging populations comprised of the NCLB cohorts in reading and math, to develop “technology literacy” and utilize online research-validated measurement tools.
Project Website:
http://www.taylor.k12.fl.us/district/news/eett.grant.2008-2009.aspx

Coordinator Contact

Ursula Brown
Email: ursula.brown@taylor.k12.fl.us
Phone: 850-223-4410

Walton: Bridging the Digital Divide (2D) Project

Award: $750,000.00
FDOE Project #660-1229A-9CD01
School(s):
Maude Saunders Elem., West DeFuniak Elem., Walton MS
Project:
Bridging the Digital Divide (2D) Project
Synopsis:
The 2D project focuses on changing the culture of teaching and learning to one that embraces the use of digital technologies and an infusion of digital learning strategies through project-based activities into everyday classroom use.
District Website:
http://www.walton.k12.fl.us/default.aspx

Coordinator Contact

Andy Howard
Email: howarda@walton.k12.fl.us
Phone: 850-892-1151

District Created Forms

Timeline

Date Event Description
Aug 21 AR Introduction Adobe Connect session at 9:30 AM and 7 PM
Aug 29 Initial Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Aug 29 1st Quarterly Reporting System Live Quarterly reporting system will be ready for use
Sept 5 AR Mentors identified Please provide Research Team with the names and contact information for AR mentors in your district OR let us know if you need us to find mentors for you. Please send this information to Vasa Buraphadeja (vasa.buraphadeja@gmail.com)
Sept 12 Teacher information due Please provide Research Team with 1) teacher names, (2) school, (3) grade level, (4) subject, (5) email address. Please send this information to Vasa Buraphadeja (vasa.buraphadeja@gmail.com)
Sept 19 1st Quarter report due Please login in to complete this
Aug-Nov Pre ST2L ST2L will be given to all 8th graders in EETT classrooms
Sept 19 District AR ready for implementation Please identify teachers who will participate in AR before and after FCAT testing and have a plan for how the mentors will support them. Let us know if you need assistance
Sept 26 Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Oct 31 Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Nov 16 AR Steps 1 – 3 completed first group of AR teachers URL will be provided when system is ready
Nov 21 Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Dec 1 First or “pre” student artifact uploaded by all EETT teachers URL will be provided when system is ready
Dec 1 First or “pre” teacher lesson plan uploaded URL will be provided when system is ready
Dec 19 2nd Quarterly Reporting System Live Quarterly reporting system will be ready for use
Dec 19 AR Steps 4-5 completed first group of AR teachers URL will be provided when system is ready
Dec 19 Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Jan 9 2nd Quarter report due Please login in to complete this
Jan 23 (May change to F2F at FETC) Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Feb 27 Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Mar 6 3rd Quarterly Reporting System Live Quarterly reporting system will be ready for use
Mar 27 3rd Quarter report due Please login in to complete this
Mar 27 AR Steps 1 – 3 completed second group of AR teachers URL will be provided when system is ready
Mar 27 Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Feb - Jun Post ST2L ST2L will be given to all 8th graders in EETT classrooms
Apr 24 Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
May 29 Conference Call Call with district coordinators, DOE and Research Team
Jun 15 Second or “post” student artifact uploaded by all EETT teachers URL will be provided when system is ready
Jun 15 Second or “post” teacher lesson plan uploaded URL will be provided when system is ready
Jun 15 AR Steps 4 – 5 completed second group of AR teachers URL will be provided when system is ready
Jun 22 4th Quarterly Reporting System Live Quarterly reporting system will be ready for use
Jul 6 4th Quarter report due Please login in to complete this