Digital Promise launched Products Certifications after partnering with education leaders, nonprofits, and research institutes for a decade to improve the edtech market.
Van Nostrand, Parker; Noakes, Sierra; Shah, Zohal; Luke Luna, Christina (Digital Promise, 2022)
This report discusses why education leaders should leverage an edtech product’s research-basis to determine the quality of the tool. Through survey results and five product case study interviews, we examine the importance of using learning sciences research as a basis for edtech design. Our analysis highlights the impact that research-based design has on both learner outcomes and the ability for a company to communicate its message. Finally, we reveal changes made to this certification for its 2022 relaunch.
Noakes, Sierra, Richendollar, Tyler, Xiao, Wendy, & Luke, Christina (Digital Promise, 2020)
By developing product certifications aligned to educators’ top priorities, we hope to add transparency and accountability to the edtech industry. Learn how we are working to achieve this vision in our latest report.
Noakes, Sierra & Luke, Christina (Digital Promise, 2019)
Download the new report on our product certification efforts, Market Signals for Research-Based Innovations, to learn more about Digital Promise’s inaugural product certification.
Tare, Medha & Shell, Alison R. (Digital Promise, 2019)
Download the new report to learn more about our recent study examining the efficacy of translating research-based educational strategies into a widely-used literacy edtech platform to support learner variability.
Pape, Barbara (Digital Promise, 2018)
Each of us go to school with a backpack filled with very different experiences that we draw from to master content, create meaning, work in groups, share our voice, and achieve our potential. This report defines learner variability and explains that understanding and addressing our differences will, in fact, help us be confident learners in school and beyond.
Simone, Christa & Gross, Kelsey (Digital Promise, 2017)
Check out what Digital Promise, in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University, learned after issuing a call for developers to tell us how they use research. Download the report to learn more.
Digital Promise contributes to the education and learning sciences field by publishing research, implementation, and evaluation studies. Our reports on topics of interest—including learner variability, maker education, and family engagement—put us in conversation with policymakers and thought leaders on the issues facing education leaders today.
The League of Innovative Schools surfaced challenges around edtech selection and procurement.
Digital Promise partnered with IDEO to explore ways to further develop the edtech market in K-12 districts, through evolving the edtech procurement processes. This study recommended a need for greater collaboration across vendors/districts, within districts, and across districts. One promising method districts were using to inform their decisions was piloting.
Digital Promise partnered with Johns Hopkins University to study 9 school districts while they conducted pilots using various edtech tools. We focused on learning about the processes they were using and understanding how to share those best practices with others to increase evidence-based decision-making.
Digital Promise partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to conduct 3 pilots of learning tools while using feedback loops to iterate and improve on products. Simultaneously, we coordinated 6 pilots of middle school math tools and 3 pilots geared toward summer learning loss. As we conducted more pilots, we refined and documented the ideal pilot process.
Digital Promise launched the Edtech Pilot Framework to share our synthesized 8-step pilot process, along with over 150 free, open-source tools and resources. Digital Promise and Teachers College at Columbia University led the Research-Based Products Campaign to incentivize the field to use research in product design and development. Digital Promise also published “Using Research in Ed Tech” to offer product teams guidance around research use in R&D.
Digital Promise partnered with 2 districts to pilot 2 edtech products intended to support English Learners. Through this work, Digital Promise learned that few products are designed for marginalized learner populations. Our report shared best practices for edtech design to attend to diverse learner needs as well as pilot findings.
Digital Promise invited educators to join our third professional learning cohort, representing 13 districts piloting 13 unique edtech products and innovative programs. Throughout the 3 PLCs, every participant reported an increased understanding of the edtech pilot process and agreed that evidence is important to decision-making. In addition, we published “Use Research Like A Champion” to share best practices for building districts’ research capacity, particularly around piloting.
Districts continue to share that edtech selection is challenging. Through a listening tour with more than 50 stakeholders, Digital Promise sought diverse perspectives to understand how to ease product discovery and selection for education leaders. We aim to develop a solution that will help consumers identify high-quality edtech tools designed using research that attend to educators’ and learners’ authentic needs.
Introduced the first product certifications with the launch of the Research-Based Design certification in February and the Learner Variability certification in October.
Partnered with nonprofits to develop new product certifications, such as Prioritizing Racial Equity in AI Design with the Edtech Equity Project and the Data Interoperability Certification with Project Unicorn. Product Certifications are also shared on widely accessed platforms, such as ISTE’s EdSurge Product Index and EdCuration. Announced the multi-organizational effort to establish easy access to information about edtech quality.