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Oxford Uni recognises framework to double student achievement

EdTech Researcher’s Methods for Doubling Student Achievement Inducted into Oxford University’s Research Encyclopedia for Education

Dr. Sonny Magana’s T3 Framework for Innovation is a Moonshot For K-12 Education, providing highly reliable strategies for doubling student achievement.

Imagine what would it be like to double student achievement. What impact would that have on classrooms, schools, and communities? Despite the explosion in educational technology use, its average impact on achievement has been dismal and unchanged for 50 years (Hattie, in Magana, 2017). So how can we transform technologically rich schools into innovatively rich learning environments?

Dr. Sonny Magana has compiled four decades of ground-breaking research into his best-selling book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies, in which he introduced the T3 Framework for Innovation. The T3 Framework is a modern pedagogical model that was shown to quadruple student achievement. The T3 Framework categorizes learning with technology as Translational, Transformational, and Transcendent, sorting through the low-value applications to reach high-value, high-impact usage of classroom technologies.

After a rigorous peer-review process, Dr. Magana’s research underpinning the T3 Framework was recently inducted into Oxford University’s Research Encyclopedia for Education. “To have my methods and findings vetted and published by the global pinnacle of scholarly research is a high honor that is both deeply humbling and gratifying,” said Dr. Magana, Founder of Magana Education.

“I can imagine a future where all students mindfully wield digital tools to become more involved in planning for their learning, contributively expressing and applying their knowledge, and actively monitoring and assessing their growth over time,” says Dr. Magana. “This is how we’ve seen achievement gains that are off the charts. For schools who are taking the T3 Challenge, that future is now.”

Dr. Magana is announcing the launch of The T3 Academy, an innovative online learning experience for educators, instructional coaches, and leaders. The T3 Academy is comprised of 3 personalized, blended learning courses that are designed to ensure participants gain the requisite knowledge and skills to master the T3 Framework strategies and measurably double student achievement. Enroll in The T3 Academy today!

High Praise for The T3 Framework:

“Sonny Magana has advanced our understanding of the Visible Learning and used this to advance a major step forward. His T3 Framework aligns beautifully with the Visible Learning claims. The T3 Challenge is powerful, credible, and exciting; Let’s do it!

—John Hattie PhD, Laureate Professor, Deputy Dean of MGSE,

University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Author, Visible Learning

“The T3 Framework is a brilliant breakthrough in our understanding and use of technology for learning. Sonny Magana clearly portrays the nature and difference between translational, transformational, and transcendent use of technology. The identification of transcendent use is itself an innovation. On top of all this he shows us how to navigate through the T3 system with guiding questions, prompts, and rubrics. For those of us working on the frontier of deep learning Disruptive Classroom Technologies, and the T3 Framework is a much needed gift.”

—Michael Fullan PhD, Professor Emeritus

University of Toronto

Author, Leading in a Culture of Change


“Dr. Sonny Magana is a visionary leader regarding what education can be if we truly embrace the potential of technology. Unfortunately, the bright promise of technology is still in the distance, somewhere on the horizon. If one views schools and schooling through the lens of Magana’s framework, though, that horizon can become clearer, more attainable, and more inspirational.”

—Robert J. Marzano PhD, Chief Academic Officer

Marzano Research

Author, The Art and Science of Teaching

“Fresh, innovative, and revolutionary, Magana’s T3 Framework promises to challenge the status quo and invite disruptive practices in educational technology. Enhancing social entrepreneurship with technology, as the final stage of Magana’s framework for technology use in education, is a powerful proposal and a compelling vision worth pursuing by all educators.”

—Yong Zhao PhD, Foundation Distinguished Professor

University of Kansas

Author, Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistake

“Dr. Sonny Magana is an “Innovation Sherpa” who will lead us all to the summit of education reform. His T3 Framework provides schools and districts with the planning tools needed to go beyond the “$1,000 pencil.” His concept of technology as a disruptive force is exactly how we should be thinking about this historic moment of redesigning the culture of learning. Sonny’s book is filled with powerful strategies and thoughtful questions that will inspire and empower educators to improve learning. Moreover, he has provided us with a framework for implementation with detail that simply has not existed with earlier models. I have known Sonny for twenty years. His wisdom comes from his incredible passion as an innovative educator, school administrator, and researcher.   

—Alan November, Founder

November Learning

Author, Empowering Students with Technology

About Dr. Sonny Magana

Dr. Sonny Magana is an award-winning teacher, pioneering educational technology researcher, and best-selling author. A highly sought-after speaker and consultant, Dr. Magana’s latest book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies, introduced the T3 Framework for Innovation which has been hailed as: “A visionary work; truly insightful and inspirational” (Marzano, 2017); “A brilliant breakthrough in our understanding and use of technology for learning” (Fullan, 2017); and, “A major step forward. Magana’s T3 Framework offers a credible, powerful, and exciting challenge; let’s do it!” (Hattie, 2018). Dr. Magana’s research findings underpinning the T3 Framework were recently inducted into Oxford University’s Research Encyclopedia for Education.

A tireless advocate for transcending the status quo, Dr. Magana founded and served as Principal of Washington State’s first CyberSchool in 1996, a groundbreaking blended learning program that continues to meet the needs of at-risk students in Washington. He is a recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and the Governor’s Commendation for Educational Excellence. An avid musician, yoga practitioner, climber, and bee keeper, Sonny holds a bachelor of science degree from Stockton University, a master of education degree from City University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University. He has successfully summited the highest peaks in his home state of Washington.

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