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Is Technology Integration
Essential for Student
Success?
By Matt Balas
Introduction
“Essential” for student success
1. Student Achievement on Standardized Tests
(Oxygen)
2. Preparing Students f...
Student Achievement on Standardized Tests
With Computers
 Students scored at the 64th
percentile on achievement
tests
 S...
Student Achievement on Standardized Tests
COMPUTER
USE for
Math/learning
games
More positive
school
CLIMATE
Higher math
AC...
Preparing Students for the Workforce
 What is our purpose as a teacher?
Preparing Students for the Workforce
Technology
Increase in the
QUANTITY
and QUALITY
of students’
thinking and
writing
Can...
Staff Development
Something to think about…
“While attention to choosing the appropriate
hardware and software for the cla...
Staff Development
1/2
• FEAR of change
• TRAINING in basics
3/4
• PERSONAL Use
• TEACHING Models
5/6
• LEARNING based
• CL...
Funding for Educational Technology
 Determining Cost Effectiveness of Educational Technology
1. Can be extremely challeng...
Funding for Educational Technology
Benefits of a TCO…
TCO
Provide
management
oversight
Identify
indirect and
direct costs
...
Summary
Survival Survival
Staff
Development
Funding
Preparing
Students
Student Achievement
Oxygen
Food
Shelter
Money
LIFE ...
Conclusion
 “Our current expectations for what our students should learn in
school were set 50 years ago to meet the need...
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  1. 1. Is Technology Integration Essential for Student Success? By Matt Balas
  2. 2. Introduction “Essential” for student success 1. Student Achievement on Standardized Tests (Oxygen) 2. Preparing Students for the Work Force (Food) 3. Staff Development (Shelter) 4. Funding for Educational Technology (Money)
  3. 3. Student Achievement on Standardized Tests With Computers  Students scored at the 64th percentile on achievement tests  Students learn more in less time  Students like their classes more and have a positive attitude when classes include computer-based instruction Without Computers  Students scored at the 50th percentile on achievement tests  Students learn less in more time Kulik’s Meta-Analysis Study Schacter, 2002
  4. 4. Student Achievement on Standardized Tests COMPUTER USE for Math/learning games More positive school CLIMATE Higher math ACHIEVEMENT Teacher Technology TRAINING COMPUTER USE mainly for simulations and applications Higher math ACHIEVEMENT More positive school CLIMATE Teacher Technology TRAINING Fourth Grade Eighth Grade Schacter, 2002 Harold Wenglinsky’s National Study of technology’s Impact on Math
  5. 5. Preparing Students for the Workforce  What is our purpose as a teacher?
  6. 6. Preparing Students for the Workforce Technology Increase in the QUANTITY and QUALITY of students’ thinking and writing Can help students GAIN employment Increase student INTEREST Used to LINK work experience with academic subjects Grunwald, 2002
  7. 7. Staff Development Something to think about… “While attention to choosing the appropriate hardware and software for the classroom is a prerequisite, it is the skill and attitude of the teacher that determines the effectiveness of technology integration into the curriculum.” (Bitner & Bitner, 2002)
  8. 8. Staff Development 1/2 • FEAR of change • TRAINING in basics 3/4 • PERSONAL Use • TEACHING Models 5/6 • LEARNING based • CLIMATE 7/8 • MOTIVATION • SUPPORT Eight Keys to SUCCESS Bitner & Bitner, 2002
  9. 9. Funding for Educational Technology  Determining Cost Effectiveness of Educational Technology 1. Can be extremely challenging and difficult 2. Must distinguish between tangible and intangible costs 3. Developed technology should include as many students as possible 4. Schools should conduct a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) study
  10. 10. Funding for Educational Technology Benefits of a TCO… TCO Provide management oversight Identify indirect and direct costs Measure and improve effectiveness Develop budgetary guidelines Develop business care for new initiatives Inform stakeholders Gartner, 2003
  11. 11. Summary Survival Survival Staff Development Funding Preparing Students Student Achievement Oxygen Food Shelter Money LIFE EDUCATION
  12. 12. Conclusion  “Our current expectations for what our students should learn in school were set 50 years ago to meet the needs of an economy based on manufacturing and agriculture. We now have an economy based on knowledge and technology. Despite the best efforts of many committed educators and administrators, our high schools have simply failed to adapt to this change. As any parent knows, however, our children have not -- they are fully immersed in digital culture.” Bill Gates

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