» Orange Unified School District Collaboration

The Donna Ford Attallah Academy for Teaching and Learning (DFAATL) in the College of Educational Studies has defined its mission to engage with our local community to positively impact the educational opportunities students are afforded. The DFAATL identified Orange High School as one of its pillars of emphasis in its civic engagement efforts, and has initiated a partnership to this effect. Although informal engagement activities have been ongoing between Chapman and Orange High School for quite some time, a formalized working agreement was signed in March, 2013 to provide an evaluation of Orange High School’s Freshman Technology Academy (FTA).

The (FTA) is a program initiated by Orange Unified School District to provide iPads to their 9th grade students on a one-to-one basis to enhance their academic achievement and technology preparedness. DFAA Director Keith Howard, Margie Curwen, and Brian Mason will conduct a mixed methods study evaluating the implementation of the FTA program using both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The purpose of this research is to identify the optimal configurations, pedagogy, and applications of iPad and other computing tablet technology for improving student learning.

iPad Evaluation Study

iPad Evaluation Study

The iPad evaluation study is being conducted in three stages in collaboration with the administration and faculty at Orange High School. 

  • Stage one will be comprised of qualitative data collection (i.e., classroom observations and teacher interviews) that will be used to identify the most promising configurations and practices involving iPads in the various classroom settings.
  • Stage two will involve measuring the impact of the iPad program on the academic performance and motivation of the students using them in their classes.
  • The final stage will be documenting the practices that lend themselves to ongoing routine so as to provide ongoing academic benefit to the students of Orange High School.  

[Photo L to R: Chapman Faculty Brian Mason Ed.D. (Adjunct), Margie Curwen, Ph.D., Keith Howard, Ph.D., Principal Ernest Gonzalez, Assistant Principal Jill Katevas, and Chapman graduate assistant Grace Sizelove.]

Orange High School Science Department Collaboration

Orange High School science teachers at a training in-service at Chapman University

  • The DFAA has provided support for collaboration with the Orange High School science department spearheaded by Attallah Endowed Professor of Teacher Education Roxanne Miller. As part of this collaboration, the entire science department was provided with expert training in the use of Vernier probeware, which has been the industry's standard for data collection in science classrooms for more than two decades.
  • This probeware, which includes several types of sensors including pH, temperature, motion, heart rate, force, and other scientific phenomena, allows students to gather data in real time and have that data graphed/tabled/charted simultaneous to the data collection process.  Orange High  School provided funding for substitutes for all of their teachers for the purpose this training, and Chapman Professor Frank Frisch was also involved in arranging for this valuable training.  

(Photo: Orange High School science teachers at a training in-service at Chapman University)