One-to-one technology in schools is increasing fast. With country-wide initiatives to put mobile technology in the hands of every child, technology seems to be quickly infiltrating the world of education. The promise of one-to-one technology has driven schools to incorporate iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, and the like into classroom instruction. Student test scores are improving with the presence of technology.
1:1 Technology Improves Student Scores
The potential consequences of low scores are far reaching Childhood poverty has a negative impact on student test scores. School districts are searching for ways to improve test scores and get students interested in their own education.
A report by John Hopkins University reviewed the findings of several reports that examined (by analyzing student engagement, test scores, and achievement) the benefits of technology in the classroom.
Writing scores improved significantly
The data from 5 years of 8th grade writing scores from the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) found that scores showed a noticeable improvement with the adoption of laptops in the classroom.
Surveys conducted in the way students used their laptops questioned if they were used during each step of the writing process (drafts and final copies).
The resulting test scores were improved by .32 standard deviations (with .20 being considered a significant improvement). A considerable difference was shown from before laptops were in the classroom. Even more important was the improvement among users who used laptops for drafts and final copies. Those scores were found to double in effect size.
Math scores improved
In another analysis of the MEA, laptops were found to benefit students from 9 different schools in math, science, and social studies scores. Those students scored higher than students not using laptops. A third study discovered that in addition to improving math scores, students exhibited higher-level skill in locating and evaluating information.
Social skills improved and disciplinary actions were reduced
The Texas Technology Immersion Project (TIP), a high-need project, involved thousands of students in 23 school districts in a one-to-one laptop program. A study conducted the last year of the program had 3 major findings:
- Technology immersion increased both laptop use and peer engagement.
- The gap in student achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students was reduced for students in the program.
- Technology immersion reduced disciplinary action.
Learning opportunities increased
In 2016, Zheng, Warschauer, Lin, and Chang conducted a review of 96 studies on one-10-one technology. They found a similar positive impact on student scores. During their review, the researchers came to following conclusions:
- Laptops fostered individualized learning.
- Laptops facilitated technology-based activities in the classroom.
- Opportunities for project-based learning increased.
- Test scores improved in the following areas:
- Math (by an effect size of .17)
- Science (by an effect size of .25)
- Writing (by an effect size of .20)
- English (by an effect size of .15)
- Reading (by an effect size of .12)
One-to-one technology is transforming the way teachers instruct and how students learn. Although results vary from district-to-district, mobile technology is increasingly beneficial to student test scores and achievement.
While standardized testing is only one measure of student achievement, one-to-one technology is showing a positive impact on the way students learn in the 21st-century classroom.
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