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Hello, my name is Diana Schroeder. Today I will be sharing with you the positive effect technology integration, when coupled with quality professional development opportunities for teachers, can have on many educational aspects such as student motivation and student achievement. I am certain you will find the information I present to you to be extremely useful in making informative decisions regarding technology investments.
The findings of this study are valuable because the information clearly points out the positive effects increasing student access to technology can have on student engagement.
If the goals of a school consist of not only increasing test scores, but also experiencing positive changes in other areas such as student behavior and attendance, technology is a tool that can greatly assist in the completion of this goal.
Technology keeps learning student-centered if used correctly. When students are given access to technology they become active participants. Teachers can then take on the role of facilitators, so learning is student-centered rather than teacher-centered.
Without knowledgeable people behind the integration of technology, it is very difficult for students to reap the full benefits technology has to offer. When investing in technology it is imperative to plan on investing in teacher training. Quality professional development opportunities for teachers in the area of technology will enhance the positive changes in student achievement that can be expected when investing in technology equipment.
Technology can greatly assist in the pursuing of a wide variety of educational goals. If teachers are given quality professional development opportunities, technology equipment purchases will have an enhanced impact on student achievement.
Of course following these recommended percentages will depend on the specific technology situation in each school. However, having specific numbers to use in planning can give direction and guidance during the investment planning process. This information is critical for stake holders to be aware of so they can plan how to spend the budget accordingly.
We all know through formative assessment that the majority of youth today enjoy using technology on a daily basis. Outside of the classroom students spend time chatting online, sending text messages, listening to music on their iPods, watching video podcasts, playing games on their iPods or computers; the list goes on. Bringing these elements into the classroom seems like a sure bet in motivating students, but how do we know for sure?
This study indicates the ability technology has to create efficiency in learning for students and its ability to motivate students. Technology is shown in this study to be an extremely powerful tool in creating efficiency in learning for students. In order to provide students with a high quality educational experience, in which they are motivated participants, technology is essential.
The changes we can expect will be in the areas of student motivation and student achievement. These changes will most likely be more dramatic when technology purchases are coupled with professional development opportunities for teachers. Understanding the positive role technology can play in increasing student motivation and achievement makes the decision to invest in technology a wise choice.
Technology is Key
Adequate Training + Equipment = Success
It only Takes a Spark
2. Presenter: Diana Schroeder
3. A study was completed over the course of 10
years comparing a control group of students
who did not receive an increase in access to
technology to a group of students who were
part of a project, which involved a computer-
integrated instructional program (Project
4. Positive changes were found in students who
were part of Project Child that were not found
in students who were not part of Project
CHILD, such as:
-Higher test scores
(Ringstaff, Cathey, Kelley, Loretta 2002)
5. Teachers who
a useful asset
6. In order for the
results, the teachers
who will be
technology into the
curriculum need to
7. In order to maximize the
potential of a technology
investment, it is absolutely vital
that teachers are adequately
8. Technology can be a motivating factor when
attempting to increase student achievement.
9. A large study was conducted
comparing 2 groups of
English Language Learner
Students. “Students with
routine access to technology
learn these basic skills faster
and better when they have a
chance to practice them using
technology, and are more
motivated to learn when
technology is part of their
daily school experience.”
(Mag-isa Estoque, 2009).
10. By making informed decisions regarding
technology investments we can expect to see
many positive changes in schools.
11. Gulek, James Cengiz, & Demirtas, Hakan. (2005). Learning With
Technology: The Impact of Laptop Use on Student Achievement. Journal of
Technology, Learning, and Assessment, 1-39.
Mag-isa Estoque, Cecilia. 2009. The Effectiveness of Telecollaborative
Learning Activities on Students' Performance in English. Journal of the
Research Center for Educational Technology
Ringstaff, Cathey, Kelley, Loretta. (2002). The Learning Return on Our
Educational Technology Investment. West Ed RTEC