Chairseven Foundation is a non-profit think tank and action organization that provides cutting edge research and programs aimed at driving the future of education.
We study the implementation of different learning technologies across different demographics, subject areas, age groups, and learning abilities, and publish those findings into our Ed-tech Discovery System (Ask Edd™).
Chairseven Foundation studies technologies as they apply to learning. Today, there are thousands of different learning technologies in the marketplace servicing all age ranges from pre-school to post-graduate education and beyond. We study and publish the outcomes generated by these technologies such as student performance in the form of higher (or lower) grades, teacher satisfaction with the technology, cost, difficulty of implementation, etc.
We deliver our findings in two ways: via traditional publications and through Ask Edd. Ask Edd is our one-of-a-kind interactive web platform that allows our members to easily search for and generate reports based on our findings to help them drive decisions, make effective policies, and spend their dollars wisely.
Chairseven Foundation's innovative Ed-tech Discovery System, Ask Edd, allows researchers, entrepreneurs, students, teachers, administrators, government agencies and the public at-large to access the complete volume of our research. Ask Edd presents data in a visual way and allows users to build reports based on their specific needs and areas of interest. Provided the data exists in a particular area, Ask Edd uses the latest data visualization technologies to make searching the Chairseven Foundation research library easy and effective.
It is one of our core beliefs that if research data is not easily accessible - and easily understood - then it is not relevant. By making our data relevant for all organizations, alongside parents and students, will be able to understand the efficacy (or lack thereof) of learning technologies and make decisions based on that data.
Which technologies are most effective in the classroom? We have been continuously asked this question by clients, teachers, publishers, parents and ongoing learners. There is 'no one-size fits all' answer to this question.
Traditionally, building an educational technology product follows the same life cycle as any other technology product - build, test, and improve. However, over the years we have come to realize that many products being 'tested' on students were in no way ready for primetime. In some cases, the technologies have improved student and teacher outcomes, justifying the cost of licensing and implementation. In other cases, they have not.
Understanding the efficacy of educational technologies has, thus far, been a huge challenge for parents, teachers and policymakers alike. The need for research and data is paramount to shaping the next iteration of our educational system, and Chairseven Foundation's mission is to study, assess and report on technology use in learning environments, making data available to those who need it most. And in the process, allowing our educators to provide the best, most effective learning tools our students.
Our commitment to unbiased research.
Schools are undergoing major changes in education. Changes with unclear outcomes, technologies with opaque impact statements, teachers with ever expanding job duties, parents with unanswered questions, and students with high aspirations.
Now is the time to act. There is an ever increasing body of education technologies on the market, and one size does not fit all. With the widening array of choices, how do teachers know which products will be the best suited for their classroom? How do administrators know which products will drive the best student results?
Chairseven Foundation's research covers many aspects of education technologies, including where and how they are used, where they are more effective, least effective, and in what student demographics those technologies are most valuable.
We know it's not enough to publish our findings and conduct trainings. Our team has a long history of building software products for education and other industries, and we're putting those talents to work to make all of our research open and available through our visual database. We strongly believe that data should be unbiased, publicly available, and easy to consume.
Transparency and Integrity
The importance of our findings in effecting positive changes in education is equally as important as how we obtained that data. Chairseven Foundation is a non-partisan, unsponsored, independent research organization. We, along with all of our corporate and private donors, understand that being able to place high quality data into the hands of educators and decision makers who need it most requires a neutral study.
It is our policy that donations cannot be used in any way to influence our research or to cast particular products in a favorable (or unfavorable) light. Furthermore, regardless of the outcome of an individual product study, we require that all study results done with partner organizations or sponsors be released to the public (and/or incorporated into our visual database).
In the event that an individual study has a partner sponsor, that partner will be clearly credited in the research.