While most of Boards of Education throughout our country are talking about ways to decrease their budgets, the Board of Education of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) recently approved a $32.5 million increase over the 2013 – 2014 budget. The increase includes $15.2 million for strategic priorities to improve instruction in classrooms.
One of the strategic priority investments is learning technology and all-star training which MNPS has been heavily invested in thanks to the Race to the Top Grant that Tennessee received and is now ending.
The increased 2014 – 2015 funding earmarked for the technology priority will focus on creating online learning environments, using new instructional tools, and training teachers to use new student-focused technology.
You might ask why the Board is investing over $2.5 million of the increased budget in learning technology and technology training for teachers. The answer lies in the fact that education is no longer just about memorizing facts and figures, but more about learning critical thinking and workplace skills. It’s about developing different forms of communication skills and improving motivation and learning.
By using technology in the classroom, both teachers and students develop skills essential to the 21st century. Combining face-to-face classroom methods with computer-based activities results in an integrated learning experience for students enabling them to get direct and individualized instruction at their own pace.
Technology in the classroom can also serve as a valuable assessment tool, allows teachers more time to accomplish classroom objectives, and frees them up to work with small groups or individual students. And research has shown that it can improve learning and performance. A recent Rice study showed that students who used digital tutors as one of their learning aids scored about 7 percent higher on portions of final exams that were taught using homework that included digital tutoring interventions.
That’s what makes our program a good investment for any budget. LearnBop’s cutting-edge technology was developed to provide an optimal individual learning experience for every student and aid teachers in managing their day-to-day classroom routines. Students can work at their own pace through the guided step-by-step process for solving problems, complete with hints, visuals, and videos that convey the spirit and intent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Readily available performance data helps teachers identify which students have mastered concepts and those that haven’t. Student reports identify knowledge gaps, reveal which students can benefit from interventions, and provide recommended interventions for addressing knowledge gaps.
There are a number of ways for you to use and implement LearnBop in your school. Suggestions included in our blog posts include whole Class instruction, formative assessment/using data, differentiating instruction, math interventions, or flipped lessons.
We value your feedback so we invite you to share your questions, comments, and suggestions about LearnBop or ways you’re using LearnBop to support students in learning mathematics. Thanks!
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