Throughout the course of the last year, we have seen significant economic struggles in education. Because of these issues it is important for all of us to look at all of our current expenditures as we look to make the most of our limited revenues. Thank you for this opportunity to show and discuss with you the essential role that technology has in creating successful schools and student achievement. It is clear that with the use of technology, schools will help students become prepared for the 21st Century.
In this presentation, I will be showing all of you the gains on student achievement on important standardized assessments, the positive impact technology has on guiding instruction by providing accurate assessments of individual student needs and skills, on producing students ready for the 21st Century, and the improvement of the social environment of both teacher and students with regards to learning.
Introduction : The use of technology has a profound effect on assessing students and guiding curriculum which has positive impact on standardized assessments. Because districts are held more accountable to prove student achievement on standardized assessment, it is important we implement means that benefit all student achievement. The data is bountiful and easy to find in the relation between the positive link of student achievement and test scores. Examples: Schacter reports and summarizes major studies analyzing the role of technology and learning. All reported positive impact on testing. With the use of consistent professional development and access to technology, study scores will improve dramatically.
Another interesting piece I found when I was researching was from T.H.E. Journal’s study on State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) reports. The report examined programs in all 50 states in which technology was being effectively integrated into the curriculum, focusing on content, curricula, professional development, and assessments. This report found significant increases in reading and math achievement (17 percent to 33 percent in reading and 18 percent to 36 percent in math). The following image indicates core subjects which states are focusing heavily in their EETT competitive grant programs to improve student achievement.
This chart was taken from the Schacter’s report Meta-Analytic studies of Findings on Computer Based Instruction provided by on the work of James Kulik. It clearly shows growth for all groups of different level of learners from elementary to adult education. Kulik’s 64 th percentile with computers to 50 th percentile without
Introduction : Technology plays an important roll on data based decision making. Technology is an essential tool in creating assessments that truly allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities. As curriculum demands develop and change because of our diversity of student skills and needs, it is important we base curriculum decisions on data that will ensure all have an opportunity to succeed and learn. Organizing Data : A collection of data can be overwhelming and meaningless. Explain Person and how is plays a role in comparing and analyzing data. Need to learn how to use this technology to improve curriculum and look at improvements. Assessments and Data: Explain how MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Test creates individualized test for each student based on questions answered and presents data based on that students ability. Explain how DesCartes Frames allows teachers to use MAP scores to identify skills to introduce, reinforce and expect mastery for individual students as well as develop differentiated instruction, collaborative groups, and curriculum.
SETDA Class of 2020 Action Plan is a series of five reports on the what education must do to ensure success for the graduating class of 2020. It shows that technology based assessments improve teaching and learning by individualizing instruction. Examples : Portfolio assessments and SC’s ePortfolio System
Introduction : While we are helping the students to develop for the 21 st Century, it is important that we understand the role they will have. Educators must be able to prepare those students while we go further into the “technology age”. Research : CEO: List of 21 st Century skills that will be needed for students to succeed in the working world. Need to promote life-long learning for students to continue their education.
Introduction : Technology has a positive effect on social aspects as well as improve students view on school. Most students come to the classroom with proficient technology skills and feel comfortable with its application into the classroom. Technology integration into today’s classroom appeals to the abilities and senses of students which allows student to take a more active role in the learning process. Teachers also have the ability to elaborate and share information productively to increase student achievement. Use in Classrooms : Collaboration- active and smart boards in the district , GoogleEarth, gets students up and active; Sharepoint; Student-Directed – Virtual Labs, WebQuests; Shared folders and links
Schacter: Milken Family Foundation – Schacter summarizes the studies of Harold Wenglinsky on the effects of simulation and higher order thinking technologies on 4 th & 8 th graders. Wenglinsky showed that technology was beneficial. Success was proven with the 8 th graders using his technology improving up to 15 weeks ahead of normal 8 th graders but he adds focus to the fact that both teachers and students reported improved climate in the schools due to the integration of technology into the classroom. The students attitude in the classroom improved immensely.
Closure : Because of No Child Left Behind, much stress has been placed on student achievement. When we look at our schools vision, we intent to provided an education to students that will allow them to succeed for the future. I hope that I have provided the board and all present with a sufficient amount data to display the importance of the investment into technology for student achievement. Thank you for your time.
Technology and Student Achievement
<ul><li>Student Performance : standardized assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum : student centered, data driven </li></ul><ul><li>21 st Century Student : preparing for tomorrow today </li></ul><ul><li>Social Environment : students and teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Summary </li></ul>
<ul><li>Significant increases with use of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Schacter’s Report for the Milken Family Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent access to technology </li></ul>
<ul><li>Organizing Data </li></ul><ul><li>Pearson </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments and Data </li></ul><ul><li>MAP Testing and DesCartes Skills </li></ul>
<ul><li>State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class of 2020 Action Plan </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>CEO (2001) research: 21 st Century Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Age Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Inventive Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Communication </li></ul><ul><li>High Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Promote life-long learning </li></ul>
<ul><li>Positive of Technology Use in Classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration amongst students </li></ul><ul><li>More student-directed learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy technology and are motivated to perform at higher levels when using it </li></ul><ul><li>Positive teacher attitude and morale </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson planning and classroom management </li></ul><ul><li>Share resources </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum development and coordination </li></ul>
<ul><li>What is the purposes of education? </li></ul><ul><li>STUDENTS </li></ul><ul><li>I have discussed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student improvement on standardized assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student based curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing our students for the 21st Century </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student improvement in social environment </li></ul></ul>