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SXSWedu 2016

What do we mean when we ask if edtech "works”?

Everyone agrees: Let’s use tools that “work” in our K-12 school. But then the complexity of the task sinks in: What do we mean by “work”? What measures should we—or even could we—use? This is hardly a theoretical exercise. The people on this panel are involved in constructing “pilot programs” and measuring “results” for edtech implementations in schools throughout the US. This conversation will thoughtfully consider some tough questions. Among them: What do we really know about how to measure the effectiveness of edtech tools? What are the "results" that we’re trying to measure? How are the current pilots proceeding? What seems to be making a difference for a spectrum of learners?

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  1. What are we trying to measure when we ask "What works?" in schools?
  2. What is the status of pilots going on to measure edtech effectiveness?
  3. Are we conducting these trials in an equity way, including all learners?



Betsy Corcoran, CEO & Cofounder, EdSurge

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  • Tags: pilots, efficacy, measurement
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Data Analytics
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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