Does technology integration “work” when key barriers are removed?

D L Lowther, Fethi Inan, J D Strahl, S M Ross

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The effectiveness of Tennessee EdTech Launch (TnETL), a statewide technology program designed to meet the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandate, was investigated in this matched treatment-control quasi-experimental study. The goal of the program was to provide full-time, on-site technology coaches to prepare teachers to create lessons that engage students in critical thinking and use of computers as tools in order to increase learning. The study examined TnETL impact on student achievement, teachers' skills and attitudes toward technology integration; use of research-based practices; and students' skills in using technology as a tool. The study was implemented in two cohorts: “Launches” 1 and 2. This paper presents the findings of Launch 1, a three-year program that involved 26 schools, 12,420 students and 927 teachers. Program effectiveness was measured via direct classroom observations, surveys, student performance assessments, focus groups, and student achievement analysis. Survey re
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-206
JournalEducational Media International
StatePublished - 2008


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