Tomorrow, I head out to West Virginia for a week of data collection. From Tuesday through Friday, I’ll be visiting 15 schools as part of a statewide evaluation of their Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) program. That program, funded through federal EETT funds, puts specialists in schools to work with teachers to facilitate better integration of technology. It’s not an unusual model, but the implementation varies widely across the state. That allows us to document what works and what does not with respect to facilitating technology integration.
I will be using this space this week to accomplish two things (two birds…one stone…?). First, I will post daily about some aspect of our (I’m part of a research team; this is our fourth set of visits this year) findings. My hope is that I can use those posts (along with modifications based on comments?) to craft an article about the findings of the study. This is my second go-round with this particular program; I was a PI on a federally-funded study that ended a year or so ago of this same program. So, some of the data from which I’ll draw conclusions will come from that earlier study (I’ve got tons of field notes already and visiting 15 schools in 4 days will just add to that mix).
I will miss my family, but I always value the “naturalistic” research endeavors I get to undertake. My reports from the road begin tomorrow. Until then, enjoy a little John Denver (RIP):