Listener, Kate Defuniak, asked about Flipgrid as an assessment tool.
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Will Technology Transform Education for the Better?
It is important to step back and understand how technology can help—or in some cases hinder—student learning. In this executive summary, we synthesize the experimental literature on technology-based education interventions, focusing on literature from developed countries. We share key results and highlight areas for future inquiry.
- I. Supplying computers and the internet alone generally, do not improve students’ academic outcomes but do increase computer usage and improve computer proficiency.
- II. Educational software (or “computer-assisted learning”) programs designed to help students develop particular skills have shown enormous promise in improving learning outcomes, particularly in math.
- III. Technology-based nudges—such as text message reminders—can have meaningful, if modest, impacts on a variety of education-related outcomes, often at extremely low costs.
- IV. Online courses are developing a growing presence in education, but the limited experimental evidence suggests that online courses lower student academic achievement compared to in-person courses. However, students perform similarly in courses with both in-person and online components compared to traditional face-to-face classes. In Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), behavioral interventions (like the mindset interventions described in section III) increased course persistence and completion rates.
- Simply providing students with access to computer technology yielded largely mixed results.
- Computer-assisted learning shows considerable promise.
- Evaluations of technology-enabled behavioral interventions also generally find positive effects across all stages of schooling, although the impacts are generally small.
- While technology-enabled social psychological interventions can have significant effects, impacts are generally small and specific to certain groups of students.
- Though online learning courses have exploded in popularity over the last decade, we found that relative to courses with some degree of face-to-face teaching, students taking online-only courses may experience negative learning outcomes.
Google Cast for Education
- Share your computer’s screen from one Chrome browser to another
- Cast for Education allows you to turn your computer into a wireless projector for screen sharing from another device. Just install the extension, give your device a name, and invite your students to cast.
- Teachers: Download this extension to set up your device for wireless screen sharing. If you are unable to download the extension, check with your school administrator.
- Students: Simply cast to your teacher’s screen name from your Chrome browser. You don’t need this extension to cast.
Listener, Kate Defuniak, asked (via Flipgrid) Are their time disadvantages to using Flipgrid versus written responses for the assessment? She also asked about moderating student responses and grading responses.
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