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About the Research Study

The goal of research within the Learning Studio project is twofold: to document benefits of the program for teachers and students, and to shed light on best practices and contextual factors that inform this and future implementations. Four driving research questions were developed:

  1. How is technology used in the Learning Studios?
  2. How do participating teachers and students learn and grow?
  3. How does implementation context relate to differences in 1 & 2?
  4. What insights related to challenges and best practices can inform the broader field?

Preliminary Results and Themes

It is important to note that the project has completed only 3-4 months of classroom implementation in each location, and thus dramatic changes in student learning and growth were not anticipated. Nevertheless, we saw trends of improvement in the following areas:

  • 10% increase in high school students identification as a designer/maker
  • Statistically significant increase in high school students’ confidence in creating a digital 3D model, and a positive trend for comfort in defining problems to investigate.
  • For all grade bands, students reported a statistically significant increase in their comfort assembling objects without instructions; a positive trend was found for students’ openness to new and diverse perspectives.
  • Student comfort with using the technology (particularly the Sprout computer and Dremel 3D printer), teaching others the technology, and troubleshooting technology issues increased across the board
  • There were clear positive trends for all agency, persistence, and community indicators in the Learning Studio, with a clear trend of growing frequency from elementary to middle to high school.

Discussion and Further Analysis

A forthcoming white paper from Digital Promise Global and HP will feature additional results and analysis from this phase of the Learning Studios research study. Given the preliminary results above, we expect to further explore several topics, including:

  • Trends in students’ design thinking strategies and confidence;
  • Trends in student learning and confidence, in relation to grade level and program exposure;
  • Correlations between implementation models and student learning and growth, identifying the most impactful instructional practices and approaches; and
  • Teacher perspectives on student learning and growth, including key insights for future implementations

The Learning Studios research study was conducted by Designs for Learning in collaboration with Digital Promise Global.