Dr. Edward Metz
The Education Technology topic supports research on innovative and emerging forms of education learning technology, with the goal of improving academic performance among students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Through the Education Technology topic, the Institute is interested in research and evaluation of fully developed education learning technologies intended for use in authentic education settings (e.g., schools, after-school programs, distance learning programs, on-line programs).
The distinguishing component of research under the Education Technology topic is the innovative use of technology in the exploration, development, evaluation, or measurement of student learning. The Education Technology topic area may not be the best fit for all research projects that include a technology component or feature. Other topics may be a better fit if the intervention or product does have a technology component but the technology is not the key aspect of the intervention, or if the intervention does not rely on the technology being used for the research.
The long-term outcome of this research will be an array of products (e.g., apps, intelligent tutors, assessments, tools or equipment, robotics, manipulatives, wearable technology), tools, technology-dependent interventions (i.e., the intervention could not work without the technology), and social media innovations (e.g., texting, video outlets such as YouTube, peer social networking websites, user generated content websites, curation websites, open education resources and materials) that have been documented to be efficacious for improving student learning in pre-kindergarten and K-12 authentic education settings.