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Replicating and Maintaining An Effective Early Childhood Comprehensive Technology System



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Replicating and Maintaining An Effective Early Childhood Comprehensive Technology System A Final Report By Patricia Hutinger Joyce Johanson Janet Bond Letha Clark and Linda Robinson United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Office of Special Education Programs Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities Project Number H327A990078 Project Directors Patricia L Hutinger and Joyce Johanson Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Western Illinois University Macomb IL 61455 August 2003 2 Abstract The Early Childhood Comprehensive Technology System Project ECCTS III a Steppingstones of Technology Implementation Phase 3 project was implemented and tested by staff at the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood in the College of Education and Human Services at Western Illinois University in Macomb Illinois The major goals of the project were to 1 disseminate information related to the Project 2 replicate and validate the original ECCTS II research findings in a range of typical rural and urban educational settings and 3 study implementation and maintenance of the Project in replication sites ECCTS III was based on two previous phases of research and evaluation ECCTS I consisted of effective early childhood models for staff training technology assessment technology curricular integration and transition ECCTS II was a collaborative 3 year study of ECCTS I s comprehensive early childhood technology system that combined the products of the earlier development testing evaluation and replication phase Two groups of educational programs participated in the ECCTS III study Group 1 sites N 3 received more technical assistance from the ECCTS III staff in the form of on site follow up than Group 2 sites N 2 which were further away from Macomb ECCTS III participants included 23 Technology Team Tech Team members as well as teachers from



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