Two major obstacles are responsible for the delay in getting good educational software into schools. First, software implementation is a complex process that many schools are simply not prepared to undertake. Second, there is very little empirical research available on the specific factors that make educational software effective, leaving it extremely difficult to separate good from poor quality software. We will describe a basic plan for implementing educational software into classrooms, incorporating a research design that permits educational researchers to measure the effectiveness of the software. Part I of this series of two articles presents a basic plan for implementing educational software into classrooms.
© 1988 Educational Technology Publications, Inc.
This article first appeared as Jolicoeur, K., & Berger, D. E. (1988). Implementing educational software and evaluating its academic effectiveness: Part I. Educational Technology, 28(9), 7-13.