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CTL Researchers Evaluate School Bicycle Program in Africa that Supports Educational Outcomes

Evaluating the Educational Impact of a School Bike Program in South Africa

With funding from the UBS Optimus Foundation, CTL is evaluating a school bicycle program in rural sub-Saharan Africa that is intended to improve attendance and educational outcomes for students who would otherwise walk long distances to school each day. World Bicycle Relief, a Chicago-based organization with support from the foundation, is distributing bikes to school children in South Africa and other countries during the 2015 and 2016 school years. Partnering with local researchers, SRI is designing and conducting a study to determine the impact of the program on attendance, school performance, and family well-being and the local factors and practices that support better outcomes. The final evaluation report will be available in 2017. 

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Next Generation Preschool Math Wins NSF Video Showcase Award

The Next Generation Preschool Math project has once more been recognized for its outstanding contribution, this time by a Facilitator’s Choice award at the NSF 2015 Teaching & Learning Video Showcase. In the project, CTL, Education Development Center, and WGBH together designed and created a new set of iPad apps, Early Math with Gracie and Friends™, that help preschool students learn advanced yet foundational mathematics. In a recent randomized controlled trial, the team found that children in classrooms that implemented the Next Generation Preschool Math program learned more of the target mathematics than children who engaged in their regular preschool activities. In the video, we share how the materials were developed and some of the thinking behind the design of the games. The showcase was co-sponsored by the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning.

CTL Brings Research to Practice

Bringing Ed Tech Research to Practice

CTL has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Education to create a series of research reports related to online learning. Over a 10-year span, SRI researched and wrote reports on promoting grit, tenacity, and perseverance; new approaches for measuring learning in digital environments, including using educational data mining and learning analytics; educational productivity in online learning; international experiences; and how teachers can make sense of data from these environments. The most well known of these reports is the National Ed Tech Plan; the most recent are the Ed Tech Developer’s Guide and Future Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning. These reports help stakeholders such as educators, policymakers, researchers, and developers at the national, state, and local levels to plan, develop, and use educational technology and other supports to increase student learning. The reports can be found at the Office of Educational Technology website.

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Blended Learning Research

SRI was recently featured in the EdWeek Digital Directions article Blended Learning Research: The Seven Studies You Need to Know. Of the seven studies, the first and third were conducted by SRI: the Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Blended Learning Report, from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The first study is referred to as “the granddaddy of blended learning studies and the one most commonly cited when it comes to such programs.” The Dell Foundation report examined teacher satisfaction, student productivity, and the use of data to inform instruction at 13 low-income charter schools that used a rotation model of blended learning, which is particularly relevant given the current popularity of introducing blended learning in low-income schools.

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Blog Post: New Ed Tech Developer's Guide Outlines Path for Developing Digital Tools and Apps that Address Critical Educational Needs

Report: Using Technology and Evidence to Promote Cultures of Educational Innovation: The Example of Science and Mathematics Education

Journal Article: Science in California’s Public Afterschool Program: Exploring Offerings and Opportunities

Don't miss our September Research Update, featuring findings from the evaluation of the Ready to Learn Initiative.

Learn about recent results from our ongoing evaluation of the Ready to Learn Initiative. We will share what we have discovered about how public media materials can help low-income preschoolers develop key early mathematics skills.

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