As technology continues to intertwine with our everyday lives, it has become increasingly important that the next generation be technologically proficient. To foster this proficiency, more and more school districts have begun introducing one-to-one device programs. In fact, schools purchased more than 23 million tablets, laptops and Chromebooks in 2013 and 2014 alone. With such an enormous influx in school technology budgets, many are wondering, “Is all this technology really making an impact on students’ education?”
3 Ways School Technology is Benefiting Students
According to a recent survey by Interactive Educational Systems Design and STEM Market Impact, 82 percent of school districts show an interest in expanding or implementing a one-to-one device program within the next two years. Continue reading to find out why so many educators believe in the power of school technology.
1. Increased engagement
Incorporating technology into the classroom increases student engagement and excites students about lessons. By using educational tools and apps installed on one-to-one devices, students can easily work on assignments, write reports, collaborate with other students, conduct research, and more.
2. Improved academic performance
According to Apple’s iPad in Education Results, schools all over the country are seeing increased academic achievements and test score improvements after implementing one-to-one iPad learning models. The report names a number of schools who have implemented an iPad model, and experienced outstanding results. For example:
- Montileu Academy of Technology, located in High Point, NC, experienced a 44.9 percent increase in reading test scores and 55 percent increase in math and science test scores after implementing a one-to-one iPad model.
- Valencia Park Elementary School, located in Fullerton, CA, saw second grade students increase reading fluency rate by 4.6 words per week after the introduction of a one-to-one iPad learning model.
- Goodland USD 253, located in Goodland, KS, experienced a 25 percent decrease in high school students failing one or more classes, as well as an 18 percent decrease in middle school students failing one or more classes after implementing a one-to-one iPad program.
3. Improved Digital Literacy and Workplace Readiness
Introducing technology at a young age prepares children for the digital future and the workplace. From learning to operate devices and programs to understanding how to effectively communicate using technology, one-to-one device programs equip children with the necessary digital literacy skills to be successful post-school.
School Technology Benefits for Teachers and Districts
Aside from enhancing the learning experience and improving academic performance, there are a number of other reasons school districts are adopting one-to-one models. Some other reasons districts are incorporating technology into classrooms include the ability to:
- Save on costly textbooks and paper;
- Automate grading;
- Create easy-to-track student progress reports;
- Expand course offerings and learning materials;
- Stay in touch with students and teachers 24/7;
- Offer personalized learning experience for students;
- Cater to English Language Learners (ELLs); and
- Provide resources for students in need of remediation or acceleration.
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