At Educate 1-to-1 we want to help schools demonstrate the impact that technology deployed in this way can have on learning.
The term ‘evidence’ is often taken to mean hard, quantitative data – things that can be counted. Qualitative data (what people say and feel) seems to carry less weight, especially when it comes to taking small scale research and extrapolating it more widely.
However, a mixed methods research design, with an emphasis on progress data backed up with student surveys and interviews could, if carried out well and across multiple contexts, reveal new knowledge about the impact of 1-to-1.
This page will host tools that schools can use to carry out their own small-scale studies, using a consistent methodology, the results of which will be aggregated.
The first thing you need to do is read Chapter 9 of the book, which describes the methodology in detail.
The question set that we suggest using for the qualitative bit of the research is here.
It’s what I’d call sneaking up on the issue from a tangental path – none of the questions are about technology, they’re all about attitudes to learning and the school experience.
The first phase of the research I am carrying out is complete (pre-test surveys) and you can read about it in this series of posts.
The second and more revealing phase, hopefully, is taking place in June 2015 with a post-test and progress data analysis.