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SUBJECT:  Recent Marzano Report and e-Learning for Educators Research

ListServ Message Date:  December 10, 2009

Robert Marzano report on effect of interactive whiteboards on student learning

http://files.solution-tree.com/MRL/documents/finalreportonactivclassroom.pdf

Robert Marzano provided the opening keynote at the 2009 State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Education Forum, presenting findings from recent research studying the effect of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) on student learning. Dr. Marzano stated he was somewhat nervous to do the research because, with research, you always hope for positive results, but often the findings fall short. He was happy to report results of this study that clearly shows technology can make a positive impact on learning.

Last year Dr. Marzano began a multi-year study to determine the effectiveness of [IWBs] as a tool to help improve student achievement. The study, "Evaluation Study of the Effects of Promethean ActivClassroom on Student Achievement" found that students taught using the Promethean ActivClassroom achieved an average of 17 percentile points higher than students taught by the same teacher, teaching the same content, using traditional methods. In other words, students at the 50th percentile would move to the 67th percentile if they had been taught with the help of an IWB.

Additionally, meta-analytic findings suggested relatively large percentile gains in student achievement based on teacher conditions. There is a “sweet spot” in using IWBs: student achievement gains were highest in classrooms taught by an experienced teacher who’d been using technology for two or more years and using the IWB appropriately for 75 percent of the class time and has had enough training to be confident in his or her use of the technology. Content (and knowing what you’re trying to teach) is key. The teachers who didn’t see improvement were usually those who didn’t make sure the content of their lessons, and not the technology’s bells and whistles, came first.

e-Learning for Educators research and Missouri winter/spring course schedule

Preliminary findings of research conducted by Boston College, and reported at the 2009 e-Learning for Educators Leadership Academy, indicate that taking online professional development positively impacts teacher content knowledge, pedagogy and technology skills and student academic achievement.

The following courses will be offered to MISSOURI educators, February 10 through March 30, 2010.

·       Personal Finance – FREE registration, plus $100 stipend for those who qualify (see website for details)

·       Promoting Reading Comprehension Skills in the Elementary Classroom

·       Promoting Reading Comprehension Skills in the Middle School Classroom

·       Best Practices for Vocabulary Instruction in the Elementary Classroom

·       Best Practices for Vocabulary Instruction in the Middle School Classroom

·       Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom

·       Teaching Writing in the Middle School Classroom

·       Improving Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

·       Differentiating Instruction: Empowering All Learners

·       Rethinking Lesson Planning Using Backward Design

·       Classroom Assessment Enhanced by Technology

·       Getting Started in the School Library Profession

·       Using Models to Understand Fractions

·       Proportional Reasoning

·       Liquid Assets

·       Classroom Management

·       Web Tools 2.0 Part 2

·       The Complexities of Measurement

·       Algebraic Thinking in Elementary School

·       Geometric Measurement

·       Teaching Electricity and Circuits Through Inquiry

·       Using Observable Phenomena to Make Sense of the Earth, Moon, and Sun

Schedule/Timeline: February 10 through March 30, 2010.

Register online at: http://www.elearningmo.org/register.html
Courses Cost: $125.00/course [Discounts available for three or more teachers in the same district]
Optional Graduate Credit: $100/credit hour from UMKC, UMSL, and MSU [Learn more about graduate credit options at: http://www.elearningmo.org/gradcredit/index.htm]

Deborah S. Sutton
Director of Instructional Technology
MO Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
voice: 573-751-8247
fax: 573-522-1134