How do we Close the Achievement Gap in Mathematics?
As educators, our goal has been to close the achievement gap; so why does it seem like in areas such as Mathematics and Science we are making little to no progress? Thankfully, we live in an age where digital technology is abundant and the solution to this growing problem is right at our fingertips.
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Bridging the Gap
Technology continues to advance our instructional practices at record pace meaning it has never been more within our grasp to close the achievement gap. For many districts, it seems that the issue is no longer “How do we get technology into our classrooms?" but "How should the technology be used to help our students make educational gains?" John King, former U.S. Secretary of Education, put it plainly in the National Educational Technology Plan (2017):
"One of the most important aspects of technology in education is its ability to level the field of opportunity for students."
This plan is meant to create a national vision for learning enabled by technology through building on the work of leading education researchers; district, school, and higher education leaders; classroom teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit organizations. For years, it seems that our nation has been searching for a way to "level the playing field" in classrooms, but is technology the answer?