WVDE Receives Two Technology Grants from U.S. Dept. of Education

Posted: November 17, 2003
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) was one of nine states awarded technology grants from the United States Department of Education. These grants will provide funding for rigorous scientific evaluations of how technology impacts student achievement in elementary and secondary education.  

WVDE is the recipient of two grants, one in the amount of $1.4 million over three years, which will be appropriated to the ED PACE program. This program will employ a quasi-experimental design with experimental elements to assess student achievement in virtual foreign language courses. The results will be compared to the achievement of students in classroom-based foreign language courses. Over a period of the three years, the project will generate three scientifically based research models that can be replicated in other settings used at local, state and national levels. These models will measure the impact of other technology-enhanced interventions on student achievement and validate their effectiveness.  

The second grant will be in the amount of $1.3 million over the next three years. This funding will assist in the project that assesses the outcomes for teachers and students of West Virginia ESEA Title II, Part D school-based teacher trainer initiative. The study will employ an experimental research design and make use of technology based desktop meters and random interval data collection pop-up screens to document the use, time, topic and function budgets of teachers and students.  

“Technology has become such an important player in education and these grants will allow us to learn more about the best practices that are being utilized,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “It is vital that we use the technology to its fullest extent to stay abreast with education practices.”  

The competitive, three-year grants are part of the No Child Left Behind Act’s Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed Tech) program, and are intended to increase the state’s ability to design, conduct and acquire high-quality evaluations of education technology.  

The Ed Tech program aims to use technology to promote the goals and principals of No Child Left Behind Act. The goals of Ed Tech are to ensure that every student is technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade, to encourage effective technology integration with teacher training and curriculum development and to establish successful research-based instructional methods.  

For more information about these grants or about instructional technology, contact Brenda Williams, Executive Director for the Office Instructional Technology, at (304) 558-7880.

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