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.

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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…

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?  In the…

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.

The goal of the Leonardo project is to create a tablet-based elementary science learning environment that includes a virtual digital assistant. Given the importance of the affective role in learning, it was considered central that the embodiment…

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

Glenn Kleiman, Mary Ann Wolf and Dave Frye

In conjunction with the relaunch of the Digital Learning Transition (DLT) Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) in September 2013, the Alliance and the Friday…

Cultivating Knowledge Sharing and Trust in Online Communities for Educators

Sherry Booth

Innovative uses of technology to support teacher learning are emerging through professional learning communities that leverage social networking technologies. The value of an online community for educators lies in the rich and open exchange…

NELA Overview 2012

Bonnie Fusarelli and Matt Militello

NELA fellows receive individualized specialized training and a full-time internship where they are matched with a strong mentor and an executive coach. In this video, NELA graduates share their experiences and how NELA helped prepare them…

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…

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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…

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 in North Carolina, including lessons learned from research and evaluation, state progress…

Laptop Initiatives: Summary of Research Across Seven States

Jeni Corn, et al.

Schools and districts across the country are expanding their use of educational technology through the adoption of one-to-one (1:1) computing initiatives. One-to-one initiatives provide every student and teacher with a personal digital wireless device that includes up to-date software and access to the Internet…

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

Jeni Corn, et al.

Schools, districts, and state-level educational organizations are experiencing a great shift in the way they do the business of education. This shift focuses on accountability, specifically through the expectation of the effective utilization of…

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NC Education Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) Update

The NC Education Cloud Identity and Access Management System (IAM) is designed to 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…

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 part of the planning process for the NC Education Cloud, all LEAs and several Charter Schools participated in a detailed site survey and interview process focused on current IT systems. This process provided the Cloud Program with a significant…

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…

The Digital Learning Rubric

The Digital Learning Rubric is essential to begin any new initiative or plan by establishing a common, shared vision to create buy-in and engage stakeholders. The rubric includes readiness criteria to determine whether a district or school…

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