Educational Technology

November 27, 2011

Using tech to impact student achievement

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:36 am

By Steven M. Baule, CIO Advisor

Lately, there’s been a fair amount of concern about how technology is or isn’t impacting student achievement, i.e., standardized test scores. Some districts are deciding what to cut: staffing, technology, chess club, sport programs, library books or someone else’s sacred cow(s). I find this interesting, since technology has never shown an ability to improve student test scores on its own. Technology has been able to do two things fairly well for instruction:

1. engage learners more decisively than traditional methods (thus more time on task); and

2. allow staff to more easily and effectively differentiate instruction to accommodate a variety of learning styles.

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