"Based on a review of relevant research" is a frequently
occurring phrase in the No Child Left Behind literature, including
guidelines for Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), the
federal block grant program that replaces the Technology Literacy
Challenge Fund and Technology Innovation Challenge Grant programs
(see, for example, Transforming
Education Through Technology State Ed Tech Program and Guidance
on the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program.)
Before receiving funds through EETT, local applicants must have
a "new or updated long-range strategic educational technology
Section G-1). Applicants may use their current plans if they meet
all necessary requirements, including the requirement that models
and strategies in the plan are research-based.
So, whether you are developing a new plan or updating a current
plan, you need to have ready access to relevant research on proven,
effective technology integration and professional development.
TICAL to the rescue! Here on the Portical site, you can quickly
find the resources you need. In the Technology
Planning section of the Briefcase, you'll find Harvey Barnett's
series, Planning for Technology.
In these brief, narrated slideshows, Harvey hits the high points
of key research of just the kind you'll need. (California users
will also be interested in the guidelines
and templates that correlate directly with the Education Technology
Planning Guide adopted by the California State Board of Education.)
The TICAL resource database has a
wide range of references for research articles, models, and descriptions
of best practices. Here are some outstanding examples with direct
links to each.
Need help in knowing how to best critique research studies? Here
are two publications that will serve you well:
We hope you find these resources helpful in developing or updating
your technology plans. We'd love to have your feedback