As of this month, we’ve changed our name to the EdTech Evidence Exchange.
We believe our new name more accurately reflects what we do: gather, analyze, and make available evidence of how education technology is used across the country. We are building a place where educators can share not just experiences, but insights on how context affects outcomes in ways in ways that can dramatically improve the way educators select, and implement technology in their classrooms.
We know that context matters, and that a multitude of variables affect whether, and what might work in a given classroom or school. But we also know that educators have precious little evidence to inform their decision-making. At the core of this challenge is a collective action problem: everyone wishes that someone would carefully document and share which technologies they are using -- and how those technologies are performing. But none of us, alone, has the time, incentives, and mechanisms to document and share that information with each other.
At the 2017 EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium, hundreds of education stakeholders recognized that this collective action problem would not solve itself. We launched our nonprofit in 2018 to identify and document the variables that affect outcomes (what we call “The EdTech Genome Project”) and to make it possible for millions of educators to learn from each other. We are excited to move forward in that effort as the EdTech Evidence Exchange.