Educational technology can greatly improve outcomes for at-risk students if implemented correctly

technology-scopeInteractive learning and other technology-enabled strategies can increase engagement and significantly improve achievement among at-risk students, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).

When properly implemented, three aspects of educational technology combine to support at-risk high school students: interactive learning, use of technology to explore and create rather than to “drill and kill,” and the proper blend of teachers and technology, according to the report, authored by Stanford Professor and SCOPE Faculty Director Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford Professor Shelley Goldman, and doctoral student Molly B. Zielezinski.

Interactive strategies in technology use “produce greater success than the use of computers for programmed instruction,” according to the report. This kind of approach lets students explore learning concepts and ideas in an active manner, instead of requiring students to receive information from a computer in a passive manner.

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