Influence of Technology on Elementary Student Achievement (Motivation…
Influence of Technology on Elementary Student Achievement
Technology in Math
"Help students learn by allowing them to move from concrete experiences to abstract reasoning"
Mathematic achievement increases when manipulative are put to good use.
Positively affect student learning
Benefits students of all levels
Helps students grasp concepts through physical models, making teaching more effective
Gives math a hands-on and engaging quality
Supporting Study: Finding the benefits of manipulatives
Two- third grade classes: two week geometry unit; one class was taught using manipulatives and other was only taught using drawings and diagrams.
Group using manipulatives scored significantly higher on achievement post test.
Students using manipulatives achieve higher success.
Manipulative are especially useful in teaching low-achievers, students with learning disabilities, and English Language Learners.
Technology in Science
Supporting Study: Survey taken to gather data on technology, mainly SMART Boards and manipulatives, are used and their benefits.
238 educators (K-5) participated in study
Students show interest in the use of hands-on manipulatives
Manipulative activities are beneficial as they can differential learning styles.
Manipulatives gain student engagement and keep them interested throughout the lesson .
96% of teachers have SMART Board technologies, 83% use their smart board everyday for science teaching; stating boards allow students to problem solve
Reason for using technology - Students respond well to the use of technology
Technology in science allows students to problem solve in different ways.
Very motivational; students have the opportunity to "play" with science.
Motivation through Technology
Technology had a positive result on student motivation and performance.
Understand how and why students are motivated to learn
Four characteristics in order to be motivated to learn:
Students are motivated when they are interested and engaged; technology helps to promote this
Teachers, families, and students provide evidence that technology had a positive result on student motivation and performance (Holubz, 2008).
Engagement through Technology
Gains students interest and gets them excited to learn through this platform.
Must have interest in technology for students to succeed.
Students choose technology as a more desirable platform for work because it engages them (Granito, 2012).
When students are engaged they want to complete work; technology allows this.