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Using Success Case Method (SCM) to Evaluate Educational Technology in Massachusetts Urban Schools & Future Paths for SCM 

11-19-2019 12:31

Educational technology (Edtech) promotes innovative classrooms by providing tools to personalize learning. Edtech in K-12 aims to meet learners’ needs to contribute to more equitable classrooms and educational experiences. Implementation of a single K-12 Edtech program looks different in each school, presenting a need for tailored evaluation. The Success Case Method (SCM) has traditionally been used to assess impact of training and coaching interventions (Brinkerhoff, 2009). In this session we will propose the use of SCM to evaluate Edtech programs and demonstrate how we used it to evaluate Edtech programs in several urban schools in Massachusetts. We will discuss applications of SCM to an Edtech program evaluation, early results, and reflections on strengths and limitations. Building on our work, we suggest a future path for using SCM to examine whether and how Edtech is related to equity based outcomes in K-12 education.

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Educational technology (Edtech) promotes innovative classrooms by providing tools to personalize learning. Edtech in K-12 aims to meet learners’ needs to contribute to more equitable classrooms and educational experiences. Implementation of a single K-12 Edtech program looks different in each school, presenting a need for tailored evaluation. The Success Case Method (SCM) has traditionally been used to assess impact of training and coaching interventions (Brinkerhoff, 2009). In this session we will propose the use of SCM to evaluate Edtech programs and demonstrate how we used it to evaluate Edtech programs in several urban schools in Massachusetts. We will discuss applications of SCM to an Edtech program evaluation, early results, and reflections on strengths and limitations. Building on our work, we suggest a future path for using SCM to examine whether and how Edtech is related to equity based outcomes in K-12 education.