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Examine a synopsis of several major research studies that focus on "Educational Technology (attached)". Please 1) provide your initial reactions to these findings and 2) insights about the article.

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Technology in the Classroom
Examine a synopsis of several major research studies that focus on "Educational Technology (attached)". Please 1) provide your initial reactions to these findings and 2) insights about the article.

The first study used meta-analysis that combined 500 other studies in order to draw just one conclusion. James Kulik states that computer-based instruction individualizes instruction to meet the needs of each student, which in my opinion is the most efficient form of academic differentiation of curriculum. I tried to do this without technology, and it was almost impossible to do it well. I would love to have the technology to increase academic achievement, with students learning more in less time, and with students enjoying their classes more because their instruction is customized for them and as a result they are more successful. It is no wonder that they have more positive attitudes. I also can see how technology would not have positive results in every area in which they were studied. Computer learning is a very specific type of learning and there are many different types of students with many types of personalities, and with many different types of learning styles. For some, the social part of a classroom is more important, and the things done in isolation are less motivating. I think that possibly each student should have a different prescription for the amount and type of technology learning they are given, depending on how well each individual positively responds to the technology treatment.

In the second study, Jay Sivin-Kachala reviewed hundreds of research studies in 1998. He looked at research studies from 1990 through 1997. These were studies that assessed the effect technology had on achievement across all domains of learning and on all ages of learners. He determined that students who ...

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The first study used meta-analysis that combined 500 other studies in order to draw just one conclusion. James Kulik states that computer-based instruction individualizes instruction to meet the needs of each student, which in my opinion is the most efficient form of academic differentiation of curriculum. In the second study, Jay Sivin-Kachala reviewed hundreds of research studies in 1998. He looked at research studies from 1990 through 1997. These were studies that assessed the effect technology had on achievement across all domains of learning and on all ages of learners. In 1994, Baker, Gearhart, and Herman examined the effectiveness of interactive technologies on teaching and learning in schools across the country. The Apples Classrooms of Tomorrow were attempting to encourage instructional innovation, to demonstrate to teachers the vast potential of computers and technology in the classroom, to improve students' basic skills and performance, and to improve student's progress and achievement over time. In Dale Mann's 1999 study, the state of West Virginia's Basic Skills/Computer Education program analyzed a representative sample of 950 5th grade students achievement from elementary schools across the state. Finally, Harold Wenglinsky assessed the effect of simulation and higher order thinking technologies on a national sample in 1998. The sample included fourth and eighth graders mathematics achievement and Wenglinsky controlled for socioeconomic status, class size, and teacher characteristics.

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