Report: Teachers improve digital skills with program

Atomic Learning today released the preliminary results of a year-long study investigating the effectiveness of the Atomic Learning solution conducted at several schools throughout the United States.

The results show that overall, teachers who used Atomic Learning to improve their digital skills showed substantially more growth in digital literacy than those teachers who did not use Atomic Learning. The study was conducted by SEG Measurement, an independent research firm.

“We have heard from teachers and administrators for some time that Atomic Learning is effective for increasing digital literacy among teachers. It is exciting to see this effectiveness confirmed though controlled scientific research.” said Dan Meyer, CEO of Atomic Learning.

Teachers completed a Digital Skills Inventory in August and September of 2010 at the beginning of the school year and again in June 2011 at the end of the school year. Teachers rated their level of skill development on a 4 point scale ranging from Beginning to Advanced. The teachers using the Atomic Learning solution were compared to those who did not use Atomic Learning to see the differences in growth.

“Teachers using the Atomic Learning solution showed significantly greater growth in several key areas of digital literacy when compared to a group of teachers who did not use Atomic Learning.” said Dr. Scott Elliot, President of SEG Measurement. “The study shows that use of Atomic Learning can significantly affect teacher development of digital skills in several important areas.”

The Preliminary results show that teachers using Atomic Learning showed the greatest growth relative to those non-users in their own skills in search and research software and in their ability to stay aware of and evaluate current trends and best practices for using digital tools to support student learning.

Teachers using Atomic Learning showed significant growth in modeling digital age work and learning compared to their non-using peers. Specifically, Atomic Learning users showed substantial growth in modeling search, research tools, word processing, and publishing compared to non users.

The complete study results will be available from Atomic Learning in August 2011.