Current Projects

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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. 

Texas One-to-One Evaluation

MTLC researchers are in year two of a three year evaluation of a large, urban school district in Texas' one-to-one technology program began in the fall of 2013. The purpose of the evaluation is to develop a greater understanding of how to use technology to engage students and improve student achievement. The evaluation will monitor the program’s implementation, track changes in instruction, assess the short-term outcomes on teaching and learning, and examine the sustainability of the program.

San Diego County School Districts Technology Needs Assessment

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

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 study teachers’ current use of technology, professional development needs, and the space design of classrooms for the use of technology.  

Texas Digital Transformation

MTLC researchers 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.  

Southern California STEM Evaluation

MTLC is evaluating the implementation of a STEM grant awarded to a school district in Southern California.  Evaluation of the project follows an outcomes measurement strategy utilizing the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. MTLC researchers is working closely with the district’s staff to ensure compliance with the evaluation goals in order to provide feedback regarding the success of the implementation of the grant as well as providing recommendations for programmatic revisions as necessary.  

Professional Learning Projects

Cajon Valley Union School District

MTLC’s professional learning team will provide professional development to district and site administrators regarding utilization of mobile technology in the K-12 environment and implementing Common Core State Standards. The professional learning team will also assign coaches to provide services and provide additional staff support and resources.

El Paso Independent School District

MTLC’s professional learning team is working with the district's leadership and teachers on the successful implementation of their Power Up initiative.

Houston Independent School District Professional Learning and Micro-credentials

MTLC’s professional learning team will develop literature-based micro-credentials, implement a clear pathway for teachers to earn micro-credentials, provide professional development, and cultivate support pilot sites to develop a model of competency-based professional learning.

J Calvin Lauderbach Elementary School

MTLC's professional learning team will conduct a needs assessment, build capacity in the leadership team, and provide personalized professional learning support.

Oceanside Professional Learning

MTLC’s professional learning team is providing professional development to district and site administrators to enhance utilization of mobile technology in the K-12 environment and to implement Common Core State Standards. MTLC will also assign coaches to support teachers and provide additional staff support and resources.  

Santee Unified School District Professional Learning

MTLC will engage district leadership team to further implement a mobile technology learning approach. MTLC will assist in plan plan implementation for effective use of mobile technology in schools. MTLC will build continued and ongoing capacity within the district.

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.