Five strategies for using classroom technology


Key takeaways from the study, based on information gathered from five school districts, include recognizing the importance of:
1. Planning and investing in bandwidth and wireless connectivity to power educational technology
2. Providing ongoing professional development opportunities that equip educators to effectively integrate digital learning and employ new instructional approaches
3. Restructuring the traditional classroom to personalize learning
4. Developing creative strategies by connecting with stakeholders outside of the district, and
5. Using data systematically to improve learning and instruction.

“For decades cable has been at the forefront of connecting technology to schools to support — and transform — student learning,” said David Pierce, executive director, Cable Impacts Foundation. “With cable as our nation’s leading broadband provider, we gladly supported this important research highlighting exactly how this transformation takes place in a digital environment.”

The research team conducted interviews with 13 stakeholders across five school districts spanning diverse geographic regions throughout the country. Those districts include: Elizabeth Forward School District in Pennsylvania; Lewisville Independent School District in Texas; Mobile County Public School System in Alabama; San Jose Unified School District in California; and West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Wisconsin.

“Digital learning is an important medium for helping to create the conditions for young people to thrive,” said John Gomperts, president & CEO of America’s Promise. “As America’s Promise continues to progress toward the GradNation goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020, we hope that these lessons help to guide other school districts that seek to engage students through technology, and to equip them with the essential tools to succeed in college and the 21st century workforce.”

Follow this link to read the full paper: http://www.americaspromise.org/resource/wired-learn-k-12-students-digital-classroom

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione

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