Project RED Launches Proven Method for Effective Education through Properly Implemented Technology

26 April 2012

Research-based method leads to increased student achievement and improved ROI

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Project RED is launching a professional learning community that offers tools, resources and collaboration opportunities for district leaders and school administrators who are passionate about bringing change to learning and preparing students for successful futures.
  • Project RED offers a practical, research-based method to effectively integrate technology into school districts.
  • By using findings from a national research study of 1,000 schools, Project RED provides a replicable design for school districts to make the best possible use of technology in a learning environment, leading to improved student achievement and significant return on investment.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Project RED today launched a proven method to effectively integrate technology into school districts, leading to improved student achievement and significant return on investment. This replicable method for school districts is based on Project RED’s national research of technology programs in 1,000 schools.

“The Project RED research is proof that technology can be a practical, cost-effective way to improve student achievement,” said One-to-One Institute CEO Leslie Wilson and Project RED team member. “The key, however, is effective implementation, and that’s exactly what sets Project RED apart from other studies. After analyzing the research findings, Project RED developed a proven method to productively and efficiently integrate technology into the classroom.”

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. During these events, members will gain the knowledge to effectively implement technology into their own districts.

“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, which is the first and only national research 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.

Intel Corporation is the founding sponsor of Project RED. Additional sponsors include Hewlett- Packard, SMART Technologies and the Pearson Foundation.

About Project RED

Project RED was established by three organizations, The Greaves Group, The Hayes Connection and One-to-One Institute, and began with a research project aimed at addressing two major issues in U.S. education: improving student achievement and evaluating the total financial impact of technology on state budgets. After analyzing the findings, Project RED now provides a research-based method to effectively integrate technology into the classroom. Additional information can be found at www.ProjectRED.org. Follow us on Twitter @project_RED.

About Intel Corporation

Intel is a world leader in computing innovation and the lead sponsor of Project RED. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

About Hewlett-Packard

Through its unending commitment to educators, unrivaled breadth of industry-proven solutions and investments that advance institutional and academic success, HP is redefining the role, the reach, and the results of technology in education. Learn more at www.hp.com/go/K12.

SMART Technologies

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, SMART Technologies brings more than two decades of collaboration research and development to a broad range of easy-to-use, integrated solutions. More information is available at www.smarttech.com.

Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning and great teaching. The Pearson Foundation collaborates with leading businesses, nonprofits and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.

CONTACT:

Jeanne Hayes
Project RED
720-922-8676
jhayes@ProjectRED.org

Paige Johnson
Intel Corporation
503-712-3378
paige.johnson@intel.com