The EdTech Genome Project

Thank you to the diverse technical working network of more than 140 researchers, practitioners, experts, system leaders, and industry representatives, as well as the organizations that allowed them to contribute to this landmark project.

Uniting the education sector

The measurement instruments created by this broad coalition provide the backbone for the Exchange Platform, and for implementation research going forward. Thank you to the diverse collection of organizations that allowed senior team members to materially contribute to this effort.

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Billions of dollars are being wasted and underutilized

Well-intentioned educators and administrators lack the time, incentive, mechanism, and common language needed to document and share their experiences with education technology.

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The research process

Summer 2018 - Summer 2019

Literature review & data collection

Identify individual and contextual variables likely to impact edtech implementation.

Fall 2019

Convening experts

Narrow the full list of contender variables to select the 13 individual and contextual variables likely to impact edtech implementation the most.

Winter 2020

Gaining variable consensus

Confirm and build buy-in for the 10 selected individual and contextual variables.

Spring 2020

Diving deep on variables

Define each of the 10 individual and contextual variables based on literature and professional expertise.

Summer 2020

Creating variable inventory

Develop instruments to measure each of the 10 individual and contextual variables in alignment with their definitions.

Fall 2020 - ongoing

Validating variable inventory

Iteratively pilot, revise, and validate the full EdTech Context Inventory with diverse educator samples.

The ten context variables and working definitions

Each year, educators and school administrators spend billions of dollars on thousands of technology tools and products. A growing body of research suggests, however, that the vast majority of these edtech tools are either a poor fit for a particular school or are not implemented effectively. The identification of these ten variables is part of the EdTech Genome Project’s ongoing effort to address this challenge and facilitate more effective use of education technology.

The ten context variables and working definitions

Each year, educators and school administrators spend billions of dollars on thousands of technology tools and products. A growing body of research suggests, however, that the vast majority of these edtech tools are either a poor fit for a particular school or are not implemented effectively. The identification of these ten variables is part of the EdTech Genome Project’s ongoing effort to address this challenge and facilitate more effective use of education technology.

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Access our report about the EdTech Genome Project

With the publication of this report, we celebrate a meaningful milestone in an ongoing effort to improve our nation’s education system. We know that edtech can have a transformative impact on student learning. When used properly, it can help teachers enhance and differentiate instruction and can help students master new concepts and skills in engaging and empowering ways.

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We know that the effectiveness of technology in the classroom depends on a constellation of factors, from school culture to technical capacity to support from school and district leadership.

Joseph South Chief Learning Officer at ISTE and Co-chair of the EdTech
Genome Project Steering Committee
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The time has come to give the education professionals the mechanism, shared language, incentives, and support they need to document their work for the common good.

Robert C. Pianta Dean of the University of Virginia School of Education and Human
Development, and Chairman of the Board for the EdTech Evidence Exchange

Together, we can solve this collective action problem.

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