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Detroit District Hopes 1:1 Tech Will Engage Students & Boost Test Scores

Source: Education Dive

Source: Education Dive

Source: Shawna De La Rosa, Education Dive

1:1 technology in classrooms has become more and more prominent. Public and private schools across the country. In 2013 and 2014, school bought 23 million laptops and tablets. This advancement is moving forward in hopes to keep children more engaged and learning more personalized. This kind of 1:1 environment shifts the model from an all instructor-led to a somewhat student-focused pace. Some studies have shown that schools who provide laptops have a statistically higher impact on test scores in Language Arts, Writing, Math and Science.

A superintendent in Detroit is attempting to provide all K-8 students with a laptop during the school year. The district has a 1:1 laptop pilot program at 25 schools. The laptops have to stay at school but the initiative was created in order to give the same access to technology to low-income students as found in suburban schools. This would help them extent their research and learning, as well as advance their knowledge and skills.

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