Becta call 12

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Research 12: Web 2.0 technologies for learning at KS3 and KS4

Becta invites tenders for a project to research the use of Web 2.0 technologies at Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11-16).

Background

A recent study from Demos (Their space: education for a digital generation) found that 'the use of digital technology has been completely normalised by this generation, and it is now fully integrated into their daily lives'. However, there seems to be a growing gap between how learners are using technology, such as Web 2.0, outside of school and their experiences of it within institutions. The range of developments on the web, characterised as Web 2.0, may present many opportunities for education, but are also associated with a range of risks.

This research forms part of Becta's broader role in shaping and delivering the government's Harnessing Technology e-strategy. Several of the outcomes of the strategy's implementation (as articulated on the 'balanced scorecard' in the Harnessing Technology Delivery Plan, http://publications.becta.org.uk/download.cfm?resID=28223) could potentially be supported by the use of Web 2.0 technologies, including:

  • Greater choice in learning opportunities and modes for all learners (3.1)
  • Learners have increased motivation for and engagement in learning (3.2)
  • Fewer learners under-perform or fail to succeed in education (3.3)
  • There is improved child safety and child protection (3.5)
  • Practitioners collaborate and share good practice and learning resources (4.4)


Research on emerging technologies, such as Web 2.0, will also play an important part in informing the development of future strategy.

The research should be set in the wider education policy context of:

  • tackling social equity by reducing inequality in educational opportunity, targeting technology for learning support and resources to those who need it most;
  • narrowing achievement gaps by applying technology to increase opportunity and engagement with under-achieving groups;
  • personalising education - providing greater customisation, match to individual needs and greater choice and opportunity for learners and developing more responsive and flexible arrangements for learning both in and outside of the formal curriculum in schools, colleges, higher education, skills training and lifelong learning;
  • exploring different and transformed models for delivering personalised educational services to users - particularly to under-achieving, hard to reach and disengaged groups.

The Project

Becta wishes to commission suitably-qualified and experienced contractor(s) to research the use of Web 2.0 technologies at Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11-16).

The research will identify and classify different types of Web 2.0 technologies, providing insight into their characteristics and potential for use in education. It will explore how young people are using these technologies outside of school and compare this with their experiences in school. It will evaluate the impact on learning and teaching of using these technologies, both inside and outside of institutions. It will also investigate, using examples, how education can make effective use of Web 2.0 technologies and what the barriers and issues are in their implementation, including the implications for e-safety.

The purpose of this research is to help shape Becta's advice to policymakers, schools and local authorities on the potential benefits of Web 2.0 technologies and how their use can best be realised in a safe manner.

The research has five main aims:

  1. To present an overview of current research findings, thinking and projects on Web 2.0 technologies and their potential use in education, both in the UK and internationally.
  2. To provide insight into KS3 and KS4 learners' own use of Web 2.0 technologies and how this compares to their experience in schools.
  3. To evaluate the impact on learning and teaching and opportunities presented through the use of Web 2.0 technologies.
  4. To identify examples and research the use of Web 2.0 technologies in schools across different local authorities to provide insight into how they can best be used and any barriers and issues involved in their implementation.
  5. To investigate the e-safety and child protection issues involved in using Web 2.0 technologies and identify how they can be used safely.

The research phase of the project will run from August 2007 until March 2008. Analysis and report writing will take place between March and July 2008. The project should produce a range of reports and outputs suitable for publication to policy makers and education professionals. The final reports will be due in July 2008. Interim reports will be due in December 2007 and March 2008.

Expressions of interest are welcomed from organisations which are able to draw on a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience relevant to researching Web 2.0 technologies in education. Tenderers may need to form a consortium, or bring in knowledge and expertise from outside their department or organisation, in order to provide the appropriate project team.

Relevant attributes might include:

  • A track record and skills and experience in researching the use of ICT in schools.
  • Knowledge of the education system and the ways in which ICT can be used in schools to support teaching, learning and institutional development.
  • Knowledge and awareness of Web 2.0 technologies and how they can be used for learning.
  • Knowledge of e-safety issues and policy.
  • Experience of research and analysis in support of policy development.
  • Organisations with excellent quality assurance and strong project management skills.
  • The ability to produce a variety of high quality reports for different audiences.
  • The ability to provide timely results.

Project Size (£)

A     0 - 50k
B    30k - 80k
C    50k - 100k
D    80k - 150k
E   100k - 180k
F   150k - 230k
G   200k - 300k
H   250k - 350k
I   300k - 400k
J   350k - 450k
K   400k - 500k

This project is in band H. Note that these bands are indicative. Tenderers will have the opportunity to offer options that have prices both within and outside the band indicated.

Expressions of Interest

Pre-qualification questionnaires can be obtained via email from pqq.requests@becta.org.uk stating in the subject header 'PQQ Request Research 12' and must be completed and returned by no later than 13:00 hours on Thursday 5th July 2007 Following evaluation of questionnaires received Becta expect to issue a copy of the invitation to tender to selected parties around Wednesday 11th July 2007 with submission of tenders around Thursday 26th July 2007.



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