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Reflecting on the 2013-14 school year, SmartBrief on EdTech polled readers to explore how well technology was used to improve outcomes in student learning and teacher collaboration and find out in what areas schools are making the most progress in effective technology use overall.

Regarding student learning, the results were mixed with just over half of respondents reporting that their school or district used technology either “very well” or “somewhat well” to improve outcomes, while the remainder gave their school or district lower ratings.[…] Continue Reading »

There are many factors involved in a child’s ability and availability to learn, some of which lie outside the realm of traditional academic ability. From their general health and nutrition to their social and emotional well-being, these factors are considered part of educating the whole child and increasingly are being addressed within the school walls.

With this in mind, SmartBrief on EdTech recently polled readers about the topic, finding that a solid majority of respondents believe it is very important that schools take steps to address the needs of the whole child.[…] Continue Reading »

Nearly 60% of respondents to a SmartBrief on EdTech poll said their school or district uses technology as part of instruction or assessment in all core subjects. Data indicate that it is most often used in math instruction.

Of those using technology in math, more than 63% said they use classroom tools such as clickers and interactive whiteboards, about 21% said they use mobile devices, and roughly 15% said they use computer labs and other schoolwide technology.[…] Continue Reading »

Some schools and districts plan events around national-level campaigns like Digital Learning Day. However, a majority of respondents to a recent question posed by EdTech editor Katharine Haber say it is teachers and others at the school-level or district-level that drive their current use of classroom technology. Still others report that it is a combination of all three.[…] Continue Reading »