The American education system is the key to our future. However, we are facing a huge epidemic because schools want student retention and performance to increase but also face budget cuts limiting teachers’ ability to engage students. We’re also seeing a large majority of our nation’s students reading below grade level. In a Boling and Evans (2008) report it was stated that nationwide more than seven thousand students drop out of school every day because they lack the literacy skills needed to be successful.
So what is America supposed to do?
In a case study done by Dell Inc., experts found that providing teachers and students with new technology, many of the problems that education systems face are lessened or solved completely. In the study, Dell provided St. Dorothy School in Glendora California with a Dell wireless interactive projector, Elite Screens whiteboard screen and Dell OptiPlex desktop computers with Intel processors in each of its nine classrooms and its computer lab.
Some of the key findings of the study were that teachers could cover more material in a shorter amount of time with the new technology and they also gained a faster insight into whether or not students comprehended what they read.
For students, retention and engagement increased.
“The interactive projectors and whiteboard screens enhance learning, across the board,” said a teacher at St. Dorthy, Kirsten Mori. “Kinesthetic learners can physically interact with images on the board. Visual learners relate better to the large pictures and video, and auditory learners benefit from the audio we can incorporate.”
In two more studies done by Dell, one at Western Heights Public School in Oklahoma City and other at Pinellas County Schools in Florida, findings about how technology improves education were encouraging. Both schools received a different Dell Education technology package including Dell hardware and software to improve student engagement.
One of the most important things that technology is able to do according to the studies is assess student’s learning ability and give immediate feedback. Teachers found that the new technology was helpful because they didn’t have to grade as many papers or wait moths for standardized test results to come back in order to get insight into how much students are learning. This is done mainly through Dell’s Connected Classroom solution. Graduation rate increased 6.28% in 2 years at Pinella and Western Heights also saw improvements in their graduation rate. To learn more about the case studies click here.
With parent involvement, emphasis on learning and not just test scores and technology that engages students and makes life easier for teachers, our education system can be revived. What other things do you think we can do to improve our education system?
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