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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 five Illinois sites Over the 3 year period both quantitative and qualitative measures were used to gather data on five Group 1 and 2 Tech Teams nine Group 1 teachers and 382 Group 1 children Results show that Tech Team members increased their competence in using and teaching others to use technology and increased their confidence in training others Many gained recognition for their work through conference presentations published curriculum activities and participating in 2 3 ECCTS video products Tech Teams planned and conducted a variety of training and technical assistance events for teachers in their schools As a result of participation in ECCTS III training and activities teachers acquired knowledge skills and confidence related to using computers as learning tools and integrating software into the curriculum They exchanged software with each other shared curriculum integration ideas and used the technology more readily Many were pleased with the results of integrating technology into their curriculum after seeing the positive impact technology related activities had on the children Child outcomes included increased problem solving skills increased communication using full sentences during conversations at the computer and use of expressive language improvement in fine motor skills using the mouse increased time on task and progress in sequencing and sorting Children increasingly showed confidence using the computer and improved cooperation with each other at the computer Children s social skills especially turn taking and sharing improved while they were engaged in technology activities At the end of the project Group 1 teachers and Groups 1 and 2 administrators responded positively regarding the support and competence of Tech Team members and the positive impact of having an on site Tech Team Teachers administrators and families recognized the benefits of technology for young children with disabilities and at risk The year following the end of the ECCTS III study the project continued in varying degrees in all five sites with training activities targeting individual site s needs Lack of time for training and implementation as well as tight budgets was identified by both Tech Team members and administrators as major roadblocks to full implementation 3 4 The project produced print video and electronic materials These included brochures a display board a training manual three half hour closed captioned videos a web site http www wiu edu thecenter eccts a variety of curriculum integration activities and a CDROM of HyperStudio stacks created by ECCTS III teachers and Tech Team members ECCTS staff contributed eight articles for publication and presented or exhibited at 20 conferences national regional and state during the project s 3 years 4 5 Table of Contents Abstract 2 Table of Contents 5 Description of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Technology System 8 ECCTS I 8 Figure 1 ECCTS Components and the Project on which They were Based 9 ECCTS II 9 ECCTS III 12 Goals and objectives 12 Design 12 Figure 2 ECCTS III Training and Technical Assistance Design 14 Participants 14 Table 1 Numbers of Group 1 and 2 Tech Team Members Teachers and Children On Whom Data were Collected over a 3 year Period 15 Table 2 Number of Teachers Teacher Assistants and Children Impacted by ECCTS over a 3 year Period 15 Tech Team Selection 16 Site Descriptions 16 Group 1 Sites 17 Group 2 Sites 19 Differences between Groups 20 Problems 21 Site A 21 Administrative support 21 Geographic separation 22 Staff changes 23 Site B 23 Local Technology Coordinator and networking problems 23 Staff changes 26 Site C 27 Administrative support 27 5 6 Transition 27 Reluctant participants 28 Summary 28 Findings 29 Method 29 Data Sources 29 Figure 3 30 Tech Team data sources 30 Teacher data sources 33 Child data sources 34 Family data source 35 Data Collection 36 Data Analysis 36 Quantitative data 36 Qualitative data 36 Results and Discussion 37 Findings Related to Tech Teams 37 Competencies 37 Table 3 Pre and Post Results from Tech Team Technology Competencies 38 Attitudes and beliefs 39 Transition Questionnaire 42 Summary of Year 3 Tech Team services and activities 44 Figure 4 Year 3 Tech Team Training Topics 45 Satisfaction with ECCTS components 46 Continuation of ECCTS components What Tech Teams said 47 Continuation of ECCTS components What Tech Teams did 48 Teachers comments about Tech Team support 51 Teacher evaluations of Tech Team training 51 Findings


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