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IX. EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT TOOLS AND INDICATORS

Measuring the Impact of ICT in Education

Recommended:
*** Manual for pilot testing the use of indicators to assess impact of ICT use in education
This UNESCO resource provides a rationale for using indicators, noting their role in monitoring the impact of ICTs in education programmes at various points throughout the process. The manual then proposes and describes suitable criteria to be used in the region, and elaborates on the five major indicators for pilot testing: policy; ICT infrastructure and access; ICT curriculum; teaching and teaching support staff; and the learning process and outcome.

*** ICT professional standards & indicators
This page provides list of frameworks that describe the standards and skills which assist teachers to extend student learning through ICT. This page also provides a list of useful tools that help educators to evaluate the current status of ICT integration in classrooms and further support the ICT integration process for effective teaching, learning and assessment.

*** National educational technology standards
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has developed National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for students. This page outlines the six categories of NETS Technology Foundation Standards, and describes profiles for technology-literate students through the different grades.

*** Assessing the effects of ICT in Education: Indicators, criteria and benchmarks for international comparisons
This book aims to provide a basis for the design of frameworks, the identification of indicators and existing data sources, as well as gaps in areas needing further research.

Other Useful Sites:

Assessing the Effects of ICT in Education

This paper by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission looks into the context of ICT impact assessment in education, the state of ICT impact assessment, and the conceptual framework when assessing the effects and impact of ICT in education for comparative purposes at country level. The last section of this paper provides a series of reflective case studies.

 

A Monitoring and Evaluation Scheme for an ICT-Supported Education Program in Schools

This paper presents a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) scheme for a specific ICT for Education (ICT4E) programme that supports teaching and learning using mobile computer supported collaborative learning (MCSCL).

 

Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project

This project identified measures that give the best and most accurate information about how well a teacher helps his or her students to learn – and how these measures should be used together to see the whole picture of a teacher's effectiveness. By building and testing measures of effective teaching, this project provides information on how evaluation methods could be used best to tell teachers more about the skills that make them most effective to improve student achievement.

 

Impact of ICT-supported learning innovations
This page describes key conclusions and recommendations from a European Commission study into European-based ICT in education projects, identifying qualitative indicators of innovation for reference by future programme developers.

Secondary science teachers’ use of, and attitudes towards, ICT in Scotland
This paper reviews the results from a study commissioned by the Scottish government into the impact of ICT initiatives in primary and secondary education in Scotland. These initiatives centred on increasing access to hardware and software in Scottish schools, and teacher development programmes.

Scope and sequence of computer-based skills: K-6
This page from Australia provides teachers with a detailed and methodical outline of computer skills that children are expected to achieve through the grade levels to year 6. Categories described include basic computer skills, Internet and email, multi-media and ethical skills.

Advancing excellence in technological literacy: student assessment, professional development and programme standards (ARTL)
The section on students assessment in this document provide outlines what teachers have to deliver in order for students to advance through levels (1 to 4) as well as offers summative assessment and sample feedback rubrics on assessing students products and portfolios.

A Review of the Impact of ICT on Learning
This Working Paper brings together evidence on the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on education and training in Europe. It reviews 20 studies and/or reports that provide empirical accounts of the significance of ICT for learning (education and training).