Technology fuels school's progress
| Mar 01, 2011
In today’s technologically saturated society, maintaining the interest and attention of children in the classroom can be a difficult challenge. A Haverhill school in Massachusetts has been embracing cutting-edge teaching technology to engage children and get them excited for learning, according to an article by Brenda J. Buote, a correspondent for the Boston Globe. The technology use represents one of a number of changes made in order to transform a struggling school into a successful one.
Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School classrooms have been outfitted with devices such as Mobi interactive electronic whiteboards, tablet computers, and electronic answering remotes. The use of these devices has changed young students’ attitudes toward learning dramatically—"In the past, when we did word problems, the students would say 'ugh,'" says Silver Hill 2nd-grade teacher Sue Hickey. "Now, with the Mobis, they’re on the edge of their seats. When I ask for a volunteer, all the hands go up." The use of such technology has improved standardized test performance as well as reducing failure rates. Silver Hill’s example has provided evidence that this incorporation of technology does children good.
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