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The Center for Technology and School Change

Teachers College, Columbia University


Research Services

The Center is positioned to research a range of issues pertaining to innovating instruction for students. Specifically, our assumptions about research include the need to work collaboratively with schools in pursuing big questions related to the role technology can play both in reimagining teaching and in deepening student understanding.

The Center is committed to a research agenda that:

  • Informs the transformative use of technology in existing and emerging practices;
  • Contributes to theoretical perspectives on professional learning for the digital age;
  • Explores student learning environments that take advantage of digital tools;
  • Identifies and shapes best practices for emergent technologies and their use in K-16 educational practice in core areas such as instruction, assessment, organization, and leadership;
  • Influences policy and programs in the area of educational technology; and
  • Develops rigorous, practical methodologies to measure the added value of technology on learning.

“An effective conversation [in the educational technology field] must include discourse among leading educational researchers. However, to be successful, it will be equally important to involve other stakeholders to ensure strong linkages between applied research and explicit connections and value to schools. It is also important to include input from corporate partners, the K-12 school community, developers, and policy makers in the questions we ask, in the research we conduct, and in the interpretations and policy that ensue” (Schrum, 2010, p. 5)."

Papers and Presentations

CTSC engages in partnerships with other institutions and programs to investigate the process of using technology in the classroom. The Center also evaluates a number of projects that use technology and conducts research on the impact of technology on the teaching practices of teachers. Reflecting on various approaches to technology integration contributes to the field and helps CTSC continue to improve its own practice.