Technology in Schools

Research and Publications

NOTE: Projects, initiatives, and publications that have become dated will be removed from this page. They will be archived here.

Research 

Alberta Education conducts research into emerging technologies and best practices in classroom technology use. Its research findings are shared within the department and with school authorities, allowing for better decisions to be made on technology implementation and teaching practices. 

Currently School Technology Branch is working on a Baseline Technology Assessment for all public, separate, Francophone and charter school authorities.  Teacher helping student to use tablet.

Past research projects that Alberta Education was involved in include:

  • Promising Practices in Rural Elementary Education: Alberta Education worked with researchers and four school authorities to examine promising practices in rural schools, focusing on such topics as integration of technology to expand opportunities; inclusion of diverse learners; student, parent and community engagement; and instructional, professional and leadership practices.

Publications

Alberta Education publishes a wide range of technology-related publications for jurisdiction technologists, school administrators, educators and parents. The most recent publications are listed first.

Tech.News
This is a monthly e-mail newsletter for education stakeholders produced by Alberta Education's School Technology Branch (STB). It is available for anyone interested in the use of technology in schools. Click here to view the current Tech.News edition.

Technology Briefings for School Authority Senior Leadership
Alberta Education, in consultation with the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), is developing a series of Technology Briefings to help school authority leadership become familiar with emerging technology trends. To date, the following technology briefings have been released:

Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide (August 2012)
This guide is intended to help school authorities develop their own unique digital citizenship policy, based on the needs of their students and schools.  The guide follows the framework set out by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), that advocates educating students about appropriate online behaviour.
The online Digital Citizenship Needs Assessment Tool is also available here.

Bring Your Own Device: A Guide for Schools (June 2012)
A province-wide community of practice developed this guide which examines the use of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models in schools.  It looks at the potential opportunities and benefits, as well as the considerations, risks and implications that arise when schools allow students and staff to use personally owned devices. 

iPads: What are we learning? (March 2012) )
In Fall 2011, Alberta Education hosted the one-day iPads – What are we learning? event for school authorities exploring the use of iPads in schools. This report summarizes the findings of the day and how Alberta schools are using iPads for learning.

Technology and High School Success (THSS) Final Report (2012)
This document details the research results following the implementation of this initiative. The goal of the project was to examine the use of technology to improve student engagement and success in high school.

Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Best Practices Guide (2011)
This guide is for IT directors and network personnel who are responsible for deploying and managing wireless related infrastructure and supporting laptops and mobile devices in the classroom.  It is focused on WLANs and associated wireless technology. All levels of IT staff at both the district and local school level can benefit from information included in this guide. The guide has been updated to reflect technological updates in wireless networks.

Wireless Networks and Safety (October 2010)
This information was prepared in October 2010 to help school authorities develop their own policies on wireless network saftety.