We hear a lot about how American students are falling behind students in other countries in the are of technology. This has led for a push in the integration of technology into our classrooms. I want you to see that the money and energy spent on this endeavor leads to greater student achievement. No one thing can lead directly to student achievement gains, but effective use of technology and support from administration can help teachers attain better outcomes from their students. - Education is an investment and the more we invest in our students, and our teachers, the better equipped they will be for learning and for life.
I will highlight specific studies which have shown that effectively combining technology with the classroom curriculum: Increases student attention and interest in the material Increases standardized test scores Increases higher-order thinking in students Increases the future success of students in life
Combined results from over 500 different research studies on computer-based instruction - Showed students learn more in less time when using computer-based instruction - Showed students like their classes more and demonstrate more positive attitudes when this instruction in included in the curriculum - Important note: Computer-based instruction is NOT a replacement for teacher instruction but rather a supplement to regular class work.
- Ms. Harvey-Woodall brings up an important point about the reality of childhood today. Students use new technology on a daily basis outside of school. They should not feel like they stepped into a time machine when they step onto school property.
This has become particularly important since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. The West Virginia program involved computer-based learning as part of the curriculum. - The success was attributed to a combination of software, teacher instruction, and assessments in the curriculum When Lewis Solmon conducted his cost benefit analysis, he discovered the program was more cost effective than: Reducing class size from 35 to 20 students Increasing instructional time Providing cross-age tutoring
-This means they are more able to see a problem from multiple sides and think independently. - Students who had access to online technology received higher scores relating to presenting a full picture of the topic and bringing together different points of view. - Students in the same study demonstrated greater critical thinking skills when using the Internet for researching, sharing information, and completing a final project.
-Combined technology with drama and the Socratic method to teach disadvantaged students - Students in the program gained twice the national average on math and reading tests - Students also increased scores in writing comprehension, writing, and grade point average showing that the program gains went beyond the directly related material and helped the students in their work overall.
- Also note that all students can benefit from learning to use word processors, spreadsheets, e-mail and the Internet. These are now used in a variety of work environments as well as higher education environments.
-Reviewed 219 educational technology studies from 1990 to 1997 concerning student achievement - Determined that student’s attitude towards learning and towards themselves both improved consistently when computers were present in their instruction - The positive attitude of students will be important to everything they face in life and help them handle future challenges.
- Technology is not going to solve all problems on its own but used effectively with a strong curriculum, it can improve student achievement and has been proven to do so.
-Technology is not a cure-all, but has made demonstrated improvements to student achievement.
TECHNOLOGY + SUPPORT = STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT by Jamie DeYoung
THE EFFECTIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM:
Increases student attention and interest in the material
Increases standardized test scores
Increases higher-order thinking in students
Increases the future success of students in life
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM INCREASES STUDENT ATTENTION AND INTEREST IN THE MATERIAL
Kulik’s Meta-Analysis Study (1994) of over 500 research studies
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Students learn more in less time when using computer-based instruction
Students like their classes more and have more positive attitudes toward the curriculum
“ Research shows that traditional methods of teaching can no longer be utilized to capture the interest of children who are being reared during the rapid growth of the computer age. As a result, the use of technology can serve as a catalyst for helping teachers understand individual learning styles of the children they teach.”
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM INCREASES STUDENT STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES
950 5 th graders in 18 schools
The more the students participated in the program, the more their scores rose on the SAT-9 test
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This program was more cost effective in raising student achievement than:
Reducing class size
Increasing instructional time
Providing cross-age tutoring programs
West Virginia Study Basic Skills/Computer Education (1999)
Lewis Solmon’s Cost Benefit Analysis (1999)
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM INCREASES HIGHER ORDER THINKING IN STUDENTS
The Center for Applied Special Technology Civil Rights Curriculum Study (1996)
Online technology led to higher scores relating to presenting a full picture of the topic and bringing together different viewpoints
Students demonstrated greater critical thinking skills when using the Internet
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM INCREASES HIGHER ORDER THINKING IN STUDENTS (CONTINUED)
The Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) program of the 1980s
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Students in the program gained twice the national average on math and reading tests
Student also increased scores in writing comprehension, writing, and grade point average
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM INCREASES THE FUTURE LIFE SUCCESS OF STUDENTS
Four Health Career programs in California (1995)
Work-based learning models can be effective when integrating academic subjects with workplace experience
Students learn how to conduct themselves in a workplace environment as well as learning the standard academic curriculum
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM INCREASES THE FUTURE LIFE SUCCESS OF STUDENTS (CONTINUED)
Jay Sivin- Kachala’s research review (1998)
Students’ attitude towards learning and towards themselves improved consistently when computers were part of their instruction
This positive attitude will help the students as they face a variety of challenges in their future years of school and life
“ Lesson planning should focus first on content and classroom strategies, then on ways in which technologies can enhance the lesson. Building lessons on a solid, research-based foundation of effective strategies, adding appropriate technologies, and consistently applying those strategies should help ensure high-quality instruction that has the potential of maximizing student achievement.”