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Liz Greenberg 1/29/2014 | 8:22:41 PM
Re: Digital division Yep I can imagine my brother at that age...and he is/was brilliant but he really didn't want to work too hard!
mendyk 1/29/2014 | 7:47:32 PM
Re: Digital division Most notably, boys in grades 8-10. Having been one of those, I can imagine why this would be the case. 
Liz Greenberg 1/29/2014 | 7:44:10 PM
Re: Digital division What group Mendy?  I can actually believe it.  Used properly, the internet is a wonderful thing otherwise, not so much.
mendyk 1/29/2014 | 7:39:49 PM
Re: Digital division Results from one quantitative study I found suggests there is actually a NEGATIVE correlation between broadband availability in schools and student performance, at least for certain groups of students. Now, one study does not substantiate much, but it is interesting (and telling) that officials keep pushing the technology agenda without citing empirical evidence, which would be fairly easy to compile in the U.S. at this point.
Liz Greenberg 1/29/2014 | 7:24:25 PM
Re: Digital division There is definitely a correlation between connectivity and advancement of societies, specifically for tests and learning is not so clear.  It is really easy to search the internet for answers or to even cheat, but does that promote thinking?  Probably not. It is a requirement, however, that somebody within each school it technologically advanced for this to truly move forward.  IT problems happen daily and hourly, I know that in my cousin's school she has to fix problems herself.  She works for the NY Public School system so there you go, not rural, not poor, just not really up to snuff either.  So bring on the broadband but also the computers, the training, etc to make it all truly work!  So MSFT and Apple, Verizon and Google...give up some engineering time to train the trainers!  Donate the time, the money, and the people to advance these schools...broaden your approach because broadband is only an on ramp!
DanJones 1/29/2014 | 6:12:51 PM
Re: Digital division Sort of like a "No Hotspot Left Behind" kind of program? :-)
mendyk 1/29/2014 | 6:02:34 PM
Digital division At this point, there have to be some correlative studies about broadband access and standardized test performance. Not that standardized tests are a good way to measure the effectiveness of education, but it's all the bureaucrats really have.
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