Tech + Teachers = Great Student Outcomes

April 30, 2009 at 10:42 am 1 comment

gcomputerAn article from eSchool News shares that when dynamic teachers are paired with top notch technology, there are incredible outcomes for students, raising achievement levels an average of 17 percentile points.  Our team members are long time evangelist for the benefit of increased youth engagement when relevant content is delivered through high tech means.  It’s inspiring to hear about these teachers who are pushing themselves and their students farther by pursuing and utilizing technology.  Today’s students are digital natives, and to engage them inside or outside of the classroom, teachers, companies and organizations have to keep up with technology.  Leaders in all sectors reaching out to youth will be those who don’t only keep up, but actively push the technological envelope to encourage these formative young minds to push themselves.  

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  • 1. Amy Looper  |  April 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    This is music to my ears! It has been a long hard decade indeed for all of us evangelizing the benefits technology would produce for and with kids in schools.

    Even though some of the comments posted on the site where this article ran suggest that maybe some one was paid to make positive comments or that data is still yet to be crunched for year two, I still submit, that there is a piece of ‘truth’ in this from the point of view that simply, kids love it when schools integrated technology into their day.

    I remember some 4/5+ years ago when we had two separate 2-year long each evidence based research studies for another tech based product we had built for schools proving how we could reach kids in their technology based culture to reduce emotional distress and that we could increase their test scores. We took that research and applied for a government grant. We scored high enough to get funded but were turned down. When we inquired about how it was that we could score so high yet not get funded, the reply was a simple but jarring “well we just didn’t believe you can really do what you are doing for kids using technology”. Well we were indeed having unprecedented success so many years ago.

    I’m glad to read that technology is finally coming into it’s own in varying degrees for our kids sake. And if in this article’s case as two of the posters suggest – that it was bought, I still hope research will continue to prove that kids will do better in school if they have access to qualified educators who take the time to integrate relevant technology into the classroom.


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