1:1 and BYO Technology: What Works and What Doesn’t?

Roger W. Minier, Ph.D., Executive Director, Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation, talks about a blended learning in education.

Presenter: Roger W. Minier, Ph.D., Executive Director, Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation

Summary: Research shared by Roger Minier indicates that blended learning really works and, with blended learning, virtually every student at every ability level experiences significant increases in achievement over those who are educated online or face-to-face only.  This advantage is fully transferrable to college and career.

As districts plan and implement technology-related processes and policies, Minier pointed to several findings that are important to keep in mind.

First, whereas iPads and tablets offer excellent platforms for instruction, students using them have a significant disadvantage over those using a keyboard and mouse when the assignment or assessment requires writing. This is particularly relevant for timed tests and assignments, and recent findings indicate that the mouse is almost as important as the keyboard for such assignments.

He also notes that while students can succeed with any size screen, larger screens are very effective in reducing student fatigue.

No matter the technology selected, research suggests that students should have 10-30 hours of experience on the exact device they will be using for an assessment, particularly for timed assessments, or they will be at a significant disadvantage.  For this reason and for general learning purposes, it is important that every student has a device they can take home every day.

It is important for schools to phase-in usage so that students, teachers and the community can keep up. Minier suggests starting with and getting experience with digital content such as homework and related materials before moving on to digital assessments.

Finally, Minier says it is essential that everybody – students, teachers and administrators – use the same management platform (eg. Blackboard, Moodle, Google Apps, etc.).

With PARCC assessments coming onboard, it is very important that districts be in the process of technology review and/or implementation in order for them and their students to be fully prepared.

Roger Minier holds Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, and specializes in transforming K-12 instruction through the use of classroom media resources and technology. 

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