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Research Projects

Digital Promise Optimizing Technology for Learning (Nationwide)

In partnership with Digital Promise, the Pearson Foundation, and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, MTLC researchers are participating in a national study to examine the use of technology in K-12 settings.   Various technology integration options have been looked at across the nation including 1:1 devices, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), blended learning, flipped classrooms and virtual learning environments.  The purpose of the study is to identify promising instructional strategies using technology and best practices in technology integration. View research product from this partnership. 

Evaluation of Large Urban School District's One-to-One Laptop Initiative

MTLC has completed year one of a three-year evaluation of a large urban school district's one-to-one technology program.  The purpose of the evaluation is to develop a greater understanding of how to use technology to engage students and improve student achievement.

San Diego County School Districts Technology Needs Assessment

MTLC is conducted a technology needs assessment of K-12 school districts in San Diego County. View the video.

Technology Integration in San Diego County School District 

Building on the MTLC study conducted in the district in the previous school year, MTLC researchers are studying the current landscape of technology integration in the district.  The study centers on the current uses of technology in the district, the readiness of teachers to integrate technology into their instructional practices, the resources needed for the effective integration of technology into the district, and finding instructional best practices with technology. 

Technology Review for a Public School District in the Northeast

MTLC has partnered with a school district in the Northeast to conduct a technology review in preparation for the integration of technology. This study will work to ‘map’ the quantity and quality of current technology devices, infrastructure and other technology resources in the district.  As a part of the review, MTLC researchers will also study teachers’ current use of technology, their professional development needs to use technology, and the space design of classrooms for the use of technology.  The purpose of this research is to support the district in preparing for the effective integration of technology in the future.

Texas Digital Transformation

The MTLC Professional learning team will engage the district’s leadership team to shape the organization’s mobile technology learning approach, assist the district in producing a plan for the effective use of mobile technology in schools, and build continued and ongoing capacity within the district.  Researchers at the Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC) at the University of San Diego are conducting two simultaneous studies in the school district. The first study will be an evaluation of the technology initiative implementation. The second study will focus on the evolution of the district’s leadership over a two year time span.  

Conference Research Presentations

International Mobile Learning Festival (IMLF) 2015

MTLC Research Associates, Dr. Veronica Garza and Dr. Andria Shook; Professional Learning Associate Director, Kathryn Martin; and Professional Learning Director, Richard Thome presenting at the 2015 IMLF Conference in Hong Kong.  Learn more.

American Educational Researchers Association (AERA) 2015

The Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC) lead a roundtable presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting for the American Educational Researchers Association (AERA).  Researchers shared key findings from a countywide technology needs assessment and align them to four case studies of school districts implementing mobile technology initiatives. Learn more.