[School Name] Pilot Program

[School Name] is piloting the use of cell phones with one class to investigate if our hypothesis that the use of this tool will better serve the needs of our students. The following steps outline how our pilot is being implemented.

1.  Identify how cell phones will be used to improve teaching, learning, and/or leading

The school principal will allow the use of cell phones to support our efforts for school improvement.  Cell phones will be used to communicate/teach students using group texting to combat the following issues at our school:

2.  Select the right tool.

We are starting a pilot with the most commonly used cell phone tool.  Texting! By starting simple, we selected a tool everyone already knows how to use.  We are focusing on the basic skills of peer to peer texting and group texting.  Group texting has almost no learning curve for students, teachers, leaders, or parents if they already know how to text.

3.  Tied to research-based teaching and learning strategies.  
By providing the research base, we answered alleviated concerns of administrators, parents, and colleagues.  Group texting would enable us to enhance the following of Robert Marzanos research-based strategies:

3.  Tied to research-based teaching and learning strategies.

By providing the research base, we answered alleviated concerns of administrators, parents, and colleagues.  Group texting would enable us to enhance the following of Robert Marzanos research-based strategies:

4.  Preparation.

Prior to launching our pilot program the following has been completed.

Completion of the above items ensure students will be on-task and prepared for engaging instruction using the tools they love.         

5.  Pilot Evaluation

By asking to set-up group texting for one class for one unit, we had a means for evaluation.  The upcoming unit will be taught to all three of the language arts classes, but only one class will have the group texting enhancements.  The learning outcomes of the three groups will provide comparisons of the effectiveness of the tool.  The one unit time frame allows timely feedback.