Leap Innovations, the first organization in Chicago to match edtech products in development with schools to pilot the products and provide feedback to developers has released their findings from the 2014-15 school year. Leap notes that one of their biggest lessons learned was that teaching and learning practices must come first and goign forward they are shifting their pilot training to give educators a deep foundation in best teaching practices before introducing the tech tools. At the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute we start with child development and learning goals before we talk about where technology belongs in a teacher’s lesson plan.
They share their lessons learned and note that students made the greatest gains using either a whole class, 1:1 implementation or a supplementary 1:1 instruction–more so than the touted “station rotation” models. Yet the supplementary 1:1 class “comes with built-in extra instructional time,” the report notes.
As a result, “one can’t distinguish the impact of technology from the impact of time.”
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