New PLC to offer technology integration tools

Project RED today launched a method to integrate technology into school districts, based on Project RED's national research of technology programs in 1,000 schools.

Beginning today, the Project RED method will be available to district leaders and school administrators through a free, professional learning community where experts will share the best practices and tools for effective technology implementation. Members can take advantage of resources and research, as well as participate in educational opportunities including webinars, forums and regional institutes.

"We know that technology alone is not enough," said Intel Education Strategist Paige Johnson. "Schools need access to the valuable research on what works to that can help guide the implementation of their technology platforms deployments. The Project RED initiative gives districts them a professional learning community to study best known methods and adapt the approaches for their local needs."

In 2010, Project RED conducted a survey of technology programs in 1,000 U.S. schools focusing on academic results and the financial implication of education technology. The research shows that, if effectively implemented, technology programs can lead to improved student achievement and significant return on investment. There are four key findings the Project RED research reveals about using technology in schools to improve learning performance and financial outcomes.

1. Personalize learning for all students through frequent, appropriate use of technology integrated with curriculum and instruction in all classrooms and other learning places.

Technology is no longer a supplement. It's an integral part of students' lives outside of the classroom and is most effective when it becomes an integral part of the core curriculum.

2. Make professional learning and effective use of technology high priorities for administrators and teachers.

High-quality professional learning for teachers is key to using technology to its fullest potential. To truly transform learning, educators must be able to confidently integrate technologies into their teaching, learning and assessments.

3. Use technologies such as social media, games and simulations to engage students and encourage collaboration.

Today's students have been communicating and learning on technology platforms as long as they can remember. Leverage the extraordinary power of technology to connect with students, excite them about learning and empower them to succeed.

4. Use weekly online assessments to gauge student learning and then tailor instruction for personalized learning experiences.

Technology can assess each student's learning progress faster to help teachers guide students more effectively. Use this data to determine instruction, remediation and accelerated learning strategies for each student.