Washington, DC – Technology and digital media continue to represent a powerful pathway for advancing the goals of education, including raising academic achievement and preparing students for college and career, according to a new study released by the Center for Promise
, the research arm of America’s Promise Alliance
. In time for Digital Learning Day, the new paper, Wired to Learn: K-12 Students in the Digital Classroom
, generously supported by the Cable Impacts Foundation, explores digital learning as a promising strategy for improving students’ educational experiences and highlights the efforts of five school districts across the country focused on reshaping the traditional learning environment.
“Our research findings illustrate how carefully planned and implemented digital learning initiatives can powerfully impact how students learn,” said Jonathan Zaff,
executive director, Center for Promise. “Identifying innovative, yet practical ways to involve students in meaningful teaching plans that meet their individual needs and strengths is critical for creating positive pathways toward graduation.”
"For decades cable has been at the forefront of connecting technology to schools to support — and transform — student learning,” said David Pierce
, executive director, Cable Impacts Foundation
. “With cable as our nation’s leading broadband provider, we gladly supported this important research highlighting exactly how this transformation takes place in a digital environment."
The research team conducted interviews with 13 stakeholders across five school districts spanning diverse geographic regions throughout the country. Those districts include: Elizabeth Forward School District in Pennsylvania; Lewisville Independent School District in Texas; Mobile County Public School System in Alabama; San Jose Unified School District in California; and West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Wisconsin.
Research stemming from those interviews led to five key findings for using technology to improve student learning. Lessons touch on a range of issues from adequate bandwidth and wireless connectivity to assessing the effectiveness of digital learning initiatives using data.
“Digital learning is an important medium for helping to create the conditions for young people to thrive,” said John Gomperts
, president & CEO of America’s Promise. “As America’s Promise continues to progress toward the GradNation
goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020, we hope that these lessons help to guide other school districts that seek to engage students through technology, and to equip them with the essential tools to succeed in college and the 21st century workforce.”
About America’s Promise Alliance
Founded in 1997 at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, America’s Promise leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to fulfilling the presidential declaration signed on that day calling upon the nation to keep five crucial promises to every young person in America: the presence of caring adults in their lives; safe surroundings to live, learn and grown; healthy starts and healthy childhoods; an effective education that builds marketable skills; and opportunities to serve others. As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce. For more information, visit AmericasPromise.org