Research & Development



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.