Selected Resources

Friday Institute research and engagement projects develop a variety of documents, presentations and video resources that are available through each individual project’s website.  A sample of selected resources and links to additional resources and information can be found below.

Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Digital literacies and learning: Designing a path forward

Hiller Spires and Melissa Bartlett

Since technological advances are driving much of the change that we see in information and communication, researchers and educators are attempting to answer two important questions: What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century? How do we design instruction that enables educators to cultivate digital literacies for themselves as well as their students? This white paper addresses the redefinition of literacy skills that enable students to be successful in today’s digital world and the implications this redefinition holds for their teachers.

Scaffolding the TPACK framework in reading and language arts: New literacies, new minds.

Hiller Spires, Lisa Hervey and Tanya Watson

Through information from three data sources – teacher surveys, teacher-generated analogies, and online reflections – this study attempted to answer the question; how does a project-based inquiry model assist TPACK development and propel ELA teachers to integrate technology?

Social Network Formation and its Impact on Learning in MOOC-Eds

Shaun Kellogg, Sherry Booth and Kevin Oliver

Peer interaction in MOOCs for K-12 educators, influenced in part by underlying network mechanisms, resulted in productive and meaningful exchanges driven largely by small core of highly engaged participants.

Understanding Visual Characteristics in Virtual Digital Assistants that Support Positive Affect in Learning Elementary Science

Eric Wiebe, et al.

This presentation will report on a set of student focus groups designed with the goal of helping unravel what visual characteristics of a virtual digital assistant engender positive affect towards learning science in 4th and 5th grade students.

View additional resources by visiting our Innovations in Teaching and Learning Projects


Education Workforce Development

The Digital Learning Transition MOOC for Educators: Exploring a Scalable Approach to Professional Development

Glenn Kleiman, Mary Ann Wolf and Dave Frye

This paper describes the design of the DLT MOOC-Ed; examines results from the first course as determined from web analytics, analyses of online discussions, and survey data; and offers lessons learned about this new approach to professional development.

Cultivating Knowledge Sharing and Trust in Online Communities for Educators

Sherry Booth

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine in-depth successful online learning communities for K-12 educators to better understand ways in which knowledge sharing and trust are cultivated and supported. Cross-case findings indicate knowledge sharing and trust were cultivated and sustained through a clear purpose and common identity, multiple options and opportunities for social learning, the active involvement of an experienced and credible moderator, as well as modeling and enforcement of appropriate online behavior.

STNA: The School Technology Needs Assessment

Jeni Corn

The School Technology Needs Assessment (STNA, say “Stenna”) is intended to help school-level decision makers—administrators, technology facilitators, media coordinators, or technology committee members— collect data to plan and improve uses of technology in teaching and learning activities.

View additional resources by visiting our Education Workforce Development Projects


Evaluation and Policy Analyses

Second Annual Race to the Top Evaluation Report

Jeni Corn, et al.

The North Carolina Race to the Top (RttT) professional development plan is an expansive and multi-faceted effort to increase student achievement by updating the knowledge and skills of the state’s entire public education workforce. This initiative is driven by a host of recent changes, including: adoption of new Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards; increased use of data to inform classroom and school decisions; rapid changes in the technologies and digital resources available for teaching and learning; new teacher and administrator evaluation processes; and an increased emphasis on formative assessment to inform instructional decisions.

The Digital Transformation of Education in North Carolina K-12 Schools

Glenn Kleiman and Jeni Corn

This presentation to the NC Legislative Research Commission’s Committee on Digital Learning provides an overview of the digital transformation of education and how it has begun in North Carolina including lessons learned from research and evaluation; state progress and future plans; an update on the NC Virtual Public School and policy considerations for the Committee.

Laptop Initiatives: Summary of Research Across Seven States

Jeni Corn, et al.

This brief summarizes findings from the evaluations of sHYHQ major 1:1 initiatives: Florida’s Leveraging Laptops, Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), North Carolina’s 1:1 Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI), Michigan’s Freedom to Learn (FTL), Pennsylvania’s Classrooms for the Future (CFF), Texas’s Immersion Pilot (TIP), and Henrico County, Virginia’s Teaching and Learning Initiative. The brief begins with an overview of each initiative and a description of the methodology used by evaluators. It continues with a description of the findings reported by evaluators in three areas: student outcomes, instructional practices, and planning and implementation. The brief concludes with a summary of major findings and a list of critical issues to consider when planning a 1:1 initiative.

Lessons Learned about Collaborative Evaluation using the Capacity for Applying Project Evaluation (CAPE) Framework with School and District Leaders

Jeni Corn, et al.

The CAPE Framework is composed of three crucial components: a collection of evaluation resources; a professional development model; and a conceptual framework that guides the work to support evaluation planning and implementation in schools and districts. School and district teams serve as active participants in the professional development and ultimately as formative evaluators of their own school or district-level programs by working collaboratively with evaluation experts.

View additional resources by visiting our Evaluation and Policy Analyses Projects


Technology to Enhance K-12 Education

NC Education Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) Update

The NC Education Cloud Identity and Access Management System (IAM) shall provide every K-12 student, teacher, staff member, parent/guardian, and school community member in North Carolina an account, with a single username and password, that will enable access to cloud-based learning resources. The IAM system will have three major components: a centralized data repository with all user information, a central directory service that provides a master authentication and authorization resource, and federation software that enables Single Sign-On functionality for users.

Findings from NC Education Cloud interview and survey process: A report on local capacity to plan, implement, sustain and evaluate large-scale technology initiatives

As work began on the NCEdCloud, the Cloud leadership team felt it was important to meet with LEA and charter school leadership to gather information on district/school technology use, upcoming initiatives, difficulties in implementing and sustaining local technology initiatives, budgeting information, and concerns about moving systems and service to the cloud. The team conducted site interviews and technology systems inventories. While the survey data has been important to prioritizing services that will be offered in the NCEdCloud, the interviews have served a broader purpose. Information from these meetings paint a picture of how our schools might be able to move forward with technology-enabled instruction, and adopt statewide services like the NCEdCloud and IIS.

NC Education Cloud wireless and 1:1 survey results

At the request of the North Carolina General Assembly and the State Board of Education, the NC Education Cloud team carried out some preliminary work to assess the state of wireless networking and student devices in NC. This survey provides an update to the statewide assessment work the team completed in the planning phase. This work will inform the deployment of Cloud Services and the Instructional Improvement System (Homebase).

The Digital Learning Rubric

The Digital Learning Rubric is based on review of the Technology Standards & Performance Indicators for Students & Teachers (ISTE NETS-S, ISTE NETS-T), the North Carolina IMPACT guidelines, Texas Star Chart, North Carolina Essential Standards for Instructional Technology, North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, and North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI).

View additional resources by visiting our Technology to Enhance K-12 Education Projects