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Mendon-Upton Launches External Evaluation for the 1:1 Learning Program

In the Fall of 2016, the Mendon-Upton Regional School District (MURSD), entered into it’s third year of universal 1:1 implementation at Miscoe Hill Middle School and Nipmuc High School. The program emerged from a pilot program initiated  Fall of 2011 thanks to the generosity of the Mendon-Upton Education Foundation. Currently, the district provides over 800 iPads to students while over 400 students bring their own iPads. Given the time and financial investment in the 1:1 Learning program, the Mendon-Upton Regional School District has decided to conduct an external evaluation of our program in order to measure current progress toward our goals and chart future action steps.  

The evaluation will assess the progress of the 1:1 Learning in achieving its vision to enhance student learning, particularly in regards to communication, collaboration and innovation.  The district made the investment in the 1:1 program with the expectation that the cultivation these three cores skills, in addition to building digital literacies through the use of the device, would enable students to be better prepared for the technology-induced rapid societal and economic changes. In turn, MURSD students would have the opportunity to develop a competitive advantage as they headed into their adult lives.

The evaluation will be conducted by a team of research professionals, lead by Dr. Damian Bebell (Boston College Lynch School of Education), Dr. Ruben Puentedura (Hippasus) and Dr. Steve Stemler (Wesleyan University). Dr. Bebell has extensive experience evaluating the impact of education technology initiatives on schools. Dr. Puentedura is the developer of the SAMR model, which MURSD is using to inform its efforts to purposefully integrate technology into student learning experiences. Dr. Stemler is the director of the Psychometric Laboratory on Human Intelligence & Social Behavior at Wesleyan University. The data and conclusions from the program evaluation will be used to shape the upcoming MURSD Strategic Plan as well as additional action steps for the 2016-2021 MURSD Technology Plan. This project is expected to begin in February 2017 and will conclude with a final report that will be posted to this site.

Program evaluation details can be found in the menu below the 1:1 Learning Program Evaluation menu. Additional questions can be directed to David Quinn, the Director of Technology Integration at dquinn@mursd.org.