Cajon Valley Union School District Project
The MTLC worked with the Cajon Valley Union School District to identify the range of iPod-associated teacher practices being utilized to enhance student fluency, comprehension and engagement. Additionally, we assessed what types of professional development were needed to support effective teacher practice with mobile technology more generally. Interviews and observations concluded at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Research findings have been presented to the district and a district report is due out Fall 2013.
Coronado Unified School District 21st Century Learning Study
The MTLC conducted a study of teacher readiness for 21st century learning and technology models in the K-12 Coronado Union School District, which serves a high proportion of military families. The purpose of the study was to provide the district with an understanding of teacher perceptions related to 21st century teaching, learning and assessment as the district moves to a device agnostic, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) instructional model with a focus on formative assessment and personalized learning for each student. The district report for this study is due out Fall 2013.
Encinitas Union School District iPads study
The MTLC investigated the use of iPads for instruction in the K-6 Encinitas Union School District through a series of in-depth case studies in four separate, carefully selected elementary school classrooms. The purpose of the research project was to 1) help identify best practices and potential areas of focus for enhanced professional development related to pedagogy in selected classrooms in the district, and 2) understand teachers' experiences and feelings about adoption of the technology across the district in order to help the district understand how to effectively communicate the rollout of the iPads to their teacher population as a whole.
This project has culminated in a report for the district that summarized the findings with a focus on recommendations and best practices.
The MTLC is working with all E-rate Deployed Ubiquitously (EDU) 2011 Pilot Program (also known as Learning On-The-Go) participants to explore the merits and challenges of wireless off-premises connectivity services for mobile learning devices. 20 pilot participants, including 13 schools and one library, are taking part in the program and the MTLC is collecting both quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the effectiveness on teaching and learning.
Digital Promise Optimizing Technology for Learning Study
In partnership with the Pearson Foundation and Digital Promise, researchers at the MTLC are participating in a study to identify promising instructional strategies in 1:1, BYOD, flipped and virtual classrooms across the United States in order to evaluate the relationship between these best practices and student and teacher outcomes.
Mobile Technology Research Searchable Database
The MTLC is currently developing a searchable database that will give researchers improved access to current empirical findings in mobile technology research from research initiatives worldwide.
MTLC Center Space Design
MTLC is in the process of transitioning their current work space into an internationally recognized Mobile Learning environment. The functional use of the space will serve as both a mobile work environment and a laboratory for K-12 mobile learning. Visitors to the center will experience the MTLC staff exploring the intersection of mobile technology and learning while researching and developing best practices in mobile technology learning. Additionally, the space is being developed to provide opportunities for K-12 practitioners to actively learn and explore within an intentionally designed mobile technology environment through meetings and workshops.
Solana Beach School District Mobile Devices Study
The MTLC is engaged in an ongoing study of the use of mobile technology in the K-6 Solana Beach School District with a focus on 21st century skills. The study is investigating how mobile and emerging technologies are being used for instruction across the district, with a focus on supporting student communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking engagement with the new Common Core Standards. Goals includes identifying best practices and a tool to assess teacher attitudes, comfort, skills and practices related to the use of mobile technology to support 21st century skills.
The purpose of all MTLC research is two-fold: 1) support what is currently happening in K-12 educational environments around mobile technology implementation, and 2) add to the current knowledge base through the publication of journal articles.