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June 28, 2011

Study Shows Technology Boosts Performance for Educators and Students

By Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Contributor

It’s a no brainer – technology is great for the classroom.

Even without stats and studies, it’s a pretty safe assumption that using tools that can boost performance when it comes to learning will lead to positive outcomes. As technology improves, whether in devices for students, educational software, tools for teachers to better administer information or apps on handhelds, technology can make us better educators and students.

CompTIA (News - Alert), a non-profit association in the IT industry, recently conducted a study focusing on technology and its impact on educators and students. The survey conducted shows that 78 percent of 500 educators believe that technology is one of the many positive influences in education today. According to the release, 65 percent of educators said students are more productive today than they were three years ago due to the use of technology.

“Technology’s impact in schools has been significant, advancing how students learn, how teachers teach and how efficiently and effectively educational services can be delivered,” said Carolyn April, director of Industry Analysis at CompTIA. “With emerging technologies such as tablets and netbooks, interactive whiteboards and wireless solutions gaining ground in the classroom, the reliance on IT by the education market will only grow in the years ahead.”

The driving force behind educational purchases for institutions across the board is improvement of the educational experience. For K-12 schools, this particular objective ranks at 63 percent.

Educational technology, especially computers and computer-related peripherals, have grown tremendously and have permeated all areas of our lives. It is incomprehensible that anyone today would argue that banks, hospitals, or any industry should use less technology. Most young people cannot understand arguments that schools should limit technology use.

This past April, a school in Maine understood the impact technology has on education and, to better their Kindergarten program, outfitted all 285 five year olds with iPads.

The school located in Auburn, Maine aims to change how kids learn in the classroom and to put an emphasis on technology. School superintendent Tom Morrill feels the program will redefine “how we're going to teach and learn.”

According to Morrill, the move to tablets is inevitable, making an iPad “even more important than a book.”

A school district in Virginia is now replacing its Advanced Placement Biology textbook with iPads. New York, California, and Illinois have also jumped on the iPad wagon, spending between $150,000 and $1.3 million for the devices and apps in order to engage students in the classroom.

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Michelle Amodio is a TMCnet contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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