Research is a key part of the MassNET project, which brings instructional software along with professional development and support to teams of teachers in an urban school district. Teachers volunteered to use instructional software focused on ELA to move toward blended and personalized learning. The goal of the research is to increase understanding of how various factors play into effective incorporation of these tools and help teachers move toward personalized learning.
The research also evaluates strengths and weaknesses of particular software products. A large amount of data is collected throughout the school year regarding the implementation of the digital instructional software, including teacher thinking, classroom environments, and software usage data. When possible, our research seeks to assess impact on student learning and to consider equity issues by disaggregating results by key student demographic characteristics such as race/ethnicity, sex, poverty, English learner status, and special education status.