Here, you’re simply asked to show that you’re implementing best practices in your use of technology in the classroom. Identify a formal research study or literature review involving teaching and learning with technology and provide a lesson to show how you’re implementing ideas offered as best practices. (Note: It’s also OK to cite Marzano research on learning as it can be applied to technology use, e.g. use of Inspiration for concept mapping.)
You need to offer a citation of the research. You can use the citation machine to help out: http://citationmachine.net/
What kind of information is valid to cite?
1. Formal research study – a study that incorporates a conventional research design to test a hypothesis with validated measures
2. Literature review – surveys scholarly sources (e.g. articles, books, dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic.
Refer to this site. http://caret.iste.org/RatingStudy.html#4 Type #1 would NOT be acceptable. [excerpt: "Often such articles are based on experience, observations, and ideas proposed by the author(s)."]
Non-example: Here’s something that is not research-based:
Ten Ways to Get Smart With SMARTboard
It’s a really nice article (and truthfully, most likely LOTS more practical than much of what we must use for this standard), but it’s not something we can cite for the rubric. Sorry!
You’re looking for studies that are data-driven at some level versus some author’s opinion or ideas about the use of technology in education. Studies of type 2, 3, and 4 are appropriate to cite.
Example: The PDF file available at this site offers an example of a research study:
Identifying Teacher, School and District Characteristics Associated with Elementary Teachers’ Use of Technology: A Multilevel Perspective
Example: Here is a literature review:
Computers, The Internet, and Cheating Among Secondary School Students: Some Implications for Educators
To help organize and present the needed information, use the RESEARCH JOURNAL ENTRY template found here: http://webfc.rockingham.k12.va.us/~sfailes/FOV2-00114A5F/FOV2-00114A60/
- Lesson plan that illustrates application of research study
- Research journal entry template (all reflection is found there)