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Educational technology refers not only to the hardware and software used in an educational setting, but how technological resources are used to support teaching and learning. RAND researchers form multidisciplinary teams to field rigorous studies of educational technology that provide actionable information to educators, policymakers, and product developers.

  • Nine year old student Jordan in his bedroom attending online school in Broward County, Florida, March 31, 2020, photo by Johnny Louis/Reuters

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    School District Leaders Indicate Online Instruction Will Outlast COVID-19. Here's What to Consider

    Jan 27, 2021

    Remote K–12 learning at scale is an unprecedented challenge for everyone involved. It can and would improve dramatically if educators, government, and philanthropy treated it as a work in progress, featuring evidence-based development of quality online curricula, continuous improvement, and engagement of teachers.

  • Teachers work outside their school building for safety reasons as they prepare for the delayed start of the school year due to COVID-19, in Brooklyn, New York City, September 14, 2020, photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

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    This School Year Could Be Another Casualty of the Pandemic

    Nov 16, 2020

    Most U.S. schools are providing either fully remote or hybrid instruction as the pandemic continues to limit students' learning. Students are less prepared for grade-level work and those from vulnerable populations are most at risk of falling behind. Some 80 percent of teachers report burnout.

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    The Probable State of Computer Technology by 1980, with Some Implications for Education.

    Reviews significant computing developments that will probably be in common use by 1980. Large computers--meaning fast and powerful, but not physically large--and minicomputers that may be the size of today's portable radios will both contribute to t...

    Jan 1, 1971

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    Computers in Instruction: Their Future for Higher Education; Proceedings of a Conference Held October 1970.

    Computers in Instruction: Their Future for Higher Education; Proceedings of a Conference Held October 1970.

    Jan 1, 1971

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    Institutions, Innovation, and Incentives.

    A discussion of the importance of achieving effective innovation in computer-assisted instruction. Meaningful innovation can be accomplished only by changing the system--that is, by changing not only the technology, but also the institutions and per...

    Jan 1, 1971

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    Analyzing the Use of Technology to Upgrade Education in a Developing Country.

    A pilot study to develop a methodology for educational planning. Colombia was chosen for analysis primarily because there is a relatively extensive educational television (ETV) project currently under way from which data of a type unavailable elsewhe...

    Jan 1, 1970

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    Communications Satellites, Technology Transfer, and Economic Development.

    The use of educational television to improve the quality and quantity of education in developing countries is examined. A simple model relating economic development in emerging countries to education and the level of applied technology is presented....

    Jan 1, 1970

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    Telecommunications in Urban Development

    Ways in which television can be used to improve life in the urban ghetto.

    Jan 1, 1969

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    The Peace Corps Volunteer and Achieving Educational Change with New Media.

    A description of the Peace Corps educational television (ETV) project in Bogota, Colombia, 1964-1966. The volunteer became the mediator between advanced technology and a developing society. Public elementary schools received 30-60 minute/week broad...

    Jan 1, 1969

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    Engineering and Public Affairs : Some Directions for Education and Research.

    When man abdicates the responsibility for controlling technology, the modern city is the most conspicuous, but not the only, evidence. The problem is to create meaningful, systematic interaction between people and technology. Educational programs co...

    Jan 1, 1967

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    The Use of the Delphi Technique in Problems of Educational Innovations

    A description of the Delphi technique, a method for the systematic solicitation and collation of expert opinions, and its applications to educational planning.

    Jan 1, 1966

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    The Role of the Computer in Secondary Schools

    In the five years since stored program computers have been used in secondary schools, a pattern of solid academic courses has emerged.

    Jan 1, 1965

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    Computer Training and Education: The Picture in 1962

    A discussion of the problem of education and training in the world of computers.

    Jan 1, 1962

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    Secondary Schools and Computing

    A paper emphasizing the importance of teaching computing at the high school level.

    Jan 1, 1961

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    Samuel Absher

    Associate Economist
    Education B.A. in economics, University of Oklahoma; Ph.D. in economics, University of Oklahoma

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    Axelle Devaux

    Deputy Head of Brussels Office; Research Leader
    Education M.A. in European studies, University of Lille

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    Christopher Joseph Doss

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in economics of education, Stanford University; M.A. in economics, Stanford University; M.Ed. in teaching at the secondary level, Harvard University; B.S. in chemistry, Brown University

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    Rita T. Karam

    Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in education, University of California, Riverside; M.A. in sociology, California State University, Fullerton; B.A. in sociology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

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    Courtney Ann Kase

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.P.H. in public health, University of Pittsburgh

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    Julia H. Kaufman

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education B.A. in English literature, University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in teaching, University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. in international education, New York University

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    Christine Mulhern

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, Harvard University; B.A. in mathematical methods in the social sciences, Northwestern University

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    John F. Pane

    Senior Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in computer science, Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. in computer science, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University

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