A collection of tools and resources to design and conduct pilots, analyze their collected data, and potentially negotiate and purchase edtech tools. Tools are actionable (templates, surveys, etc.) while Resources are references (publications, websites, etc.).

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Glossary: Research and Analysis Terminology From Lea(R)n

Curated glossary of research terminology to assist educators and administrators with defining edtech measurement and efficacy needs, as well as deciphering data sets, analytics, reports and other academic studies and materials.

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LearnPlatform Edtech Usage Dashboard From Lea(R)n

LearnPlatform provides free real-time edtech analytics usage information to administrators so they can quickly and easily gain a comprehensive view of what edtech is actually being used across their schools and district.

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LearnPlatform for Administrators From Lea(R)n

Always free, LearnPlatform for Administrators provides access to the largest database of edtech products, including teacher grades, broken down by categories including feedback, usage, impact, and price to help them support the academic freedom of their educators while upholding resource allocation responsibilities for support, PD and implementation needs. LearnPlatform for Administrators also includes real-time organization-wide edtech usage information via easy-to-access and understand dashboards.

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Research Guidelines for the ESSA Era From Software & Information Industry Association

The Education Technology Industry Network, a division of the Software & Information Industry Association commissioned Empirical Education Inc. to provide guidelines for research given the accelerated development of cloud-based technology and the important policy changes brought about by the ESSA.

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Privacy Evaluations of EdTech Products From Common Sense Education

The Common Sense Privacy Evaluation Initiative, with the involvement of over 100 schools and districts, has resulted in a platform that supports districts, schools, and teachers in making informed decisions about the safety and security of apps they use with students.

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Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) Student Questionnaire From National Assessment of Educational Progress

The Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) Student Questionnaire, developed by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is a self-report survey instrument that gains information about context of how students are developing literacy in the two fields.

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Youth Motivation, Engagement, and Beliefs Survey (YMEBS) From Youth Development Executives of King County

The Youth Motivation, Engagement, and Beliefs Survey (YMEBS) measures program fit for the student population, identifies how much students benefited from participation, and assesses social and emotional development.

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School Engagement Scale (SESQ) From PerformWell

The School Engagement Scale (SESQ), administered to elementary school students, measures general school engagement.

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Lea(R)n IMPACT Analysis Rapid Cycle EdTech Evaluation From Lea(R)n

Informed by more than 100 product evaluations across diverse education environments, IMPACT Analysis is used to rapidly analyze individual edtech product utilization, pricing and student achievement data in seconds to inform instructional, operational and budget decisions.

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LearnPlatform Free EdTech Monthly Analytics Reports From Lea(R)n

LearnPlatform provides free monthly edtech analytics reports to administrators so they can quickly and easily gain a comprehensive view of what edtech is actually being used across their schools and district.