As a school, we want our children to be the best they can be. We want them to shine like a star in the classroom. Of course we look at test scores for Math, Reading, and Language Arts, but what can we do to help keep these students up to date with latest educational technology? How are we going to keep our students engaged and motivated in the classroom? How are we going to prepare them for the technology they will face in the workplace?
Key points that will show proof that technology will help our kids be successful. Curriculum Enhancement Improve Student Engagement Improve Student Achievement Higher-Order Thinking/Critical Thinking Test Scores 4. Workforce Preparation
First bullet comes from a report done by a student from Jackson State University about how technology enhances the educational setting. Chart comes from the Berkshire Wireless Learning Initiative who reported on 1 to 1 computing, which allowed every student and teacher their own laptop computer. The study was done over a three-year time span. The chart displays the average number of days students reported using computers across four primary subject areas during the potential 180 school days of the 2007–2008 school year, which is the second year of the study. What this means is that, on average, students were typically using their laptop computers on a daily or slightly greater-than-daily basis in at least one of their primary subjects classes during the 2007–2008 school year, the second full year of the school wide 1:1 laptop implementation.
Consultants from Mid-Continent Research for Education and Technology did a study on the effects of technology on instructional strategies Imovie & Windows Movie Maker are technology software programs that allow students to work together and create and share video presentations that illuminate concepts or tell stores in unique ways. James Kulik did a meta-analysis study on compter-based instruction in 1994 and this is what he found.
Jay Sivin-Kachala who in 1998 reviewed 219 research studies from 1990-1997 to assess the effect of technology on learning and achievement, here is what he found. The initiative again allowed students to have their own laptop computers. The percentages come from the teacher survey that was given to each of the teachers in the initiative.
Members of the CARET project did a study in 1992 on how technology influences student learning and they found… As a part of their study they to students from across 9 states, who used Jasper video software for math instruction for 3-4 weeks. These students were compared with students who didn’t use the software. Here is what they found…
Referring back to James Kulik’s meta-analysis study on computer-based instruction in 1994, he found information that proves technology based instruction improves test scores. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an intelligent-tutor software program was implemented for 9 th grade algebra students. Their were 470 students in the experimental class who used the software. Here is what they found as a result of the software…
Research shows that… Examples of applications: word processors, spreadsheets, computer-aided drawings, databases A study of 4 health career programs in California 1995 demonstrated the effectiveness of work-based learning models…
Curriculum Enhancement <ul><li>Research suggests that one of the most important ways to enhance curriculum is through educational technology. </li></ul>
Grouping students for cooperative learning activities can be a very powerful instructional strategy. Students like their classes more and develop more positive attitudes when their classes include computer-based instruction. <ul><ul><li>IMovie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Movie Maker </li></ul></ul>
Students’ attitudes toward learning and their own self- concept improved consistently when computers were used for instruction. Berkshire Wireless Learning Initiative <ul><li>Teachers reported improved student engagement… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>83% felt traditional students improved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>84% felt at-risk/low achieving students improved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>71% felt high achieving students improved </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Interactive video programs increase </li></ul><ul><li>problem-solving skills. </li></ul>Students who used the Jasper video programs were better able to complete complex problem-solving tasks.
<ul><li>Students w/ computers scored at the 64 th percentile on achievement tests </li></ul><ul><li>Students w/o computers scored at the 50 th percentile on achievement tests </li></ul>Students scored 15% higher on standardized tests & 100% classroom tests
<ul><li>Learning to use and apply technology applications will provide skills for the workplace! </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students to learn how to conduct themselves in the workforce. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Will you help our kids </li></ul><ul><li>SHINE?!? </li></ul>
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