With 2014 coming to a close, it is hard not to recognize the ever-changing ways in which innovative technology has impacted education and shaped the way we communicate, teach, and learn. School administrators and educators are always integrating the latest technology trends to make learning more engaging and productive.
Mobile Learning. Schools have been widely embracing mobile technologies. In fact, many have implemented BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) practices, which allow students and staff to bring their own personal mobile devices to school. BYOD programs provide limitless access to education resources and encourage students to become actively engaged in their education. Research has shown that using mobile technology in the classroom can increase student learning and engagement. Research by Mobile Future association—which supports a September 2014 infographic, titled Edtech + Mobile = Learning—found six out of 10 teachers believe that mobile devices allow for more personalized help for students and 81 percent of educators reported that mobile devices enhanced classroom education.
Digital Textbooks Libraries. The use of online reading tools, like e-books, has proven to be an efficient and affordable commodity in education. In 2013, Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y. was the first school in the United States to go completely digital. Since its transition to an all-digital learning environment, the students reported to CBS News that they were learning more and that their grades improved. Students also report the added benefit of having a much lighter backpack to transport to and from school.
Adaptive Learning and Assessments. Adaptive learning platforms have become an innovative way to consider each student’s needs, offering a more personalized learning experience. Through analysis of performance and behaviors, and by tracking student achievement and growth over time, adaptive testing and assessments have reshaped teaching and learning in 2014 and for years to come. Many school districts are now taking advantage of SunGard K-12 Education’s PerformancePLUS, part of our PLUS 360 suite, which provides advanced tools for assessment management and analysis, performance analysis, and individual learning plans that support individual student achievement.
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