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Using the Involvement Factor

Many educators wonder— why the push for 1-to-1 technology? Sure, it’s worth implementing once a week, but isn’t this level of computer involvement expensive and unfamiliar? This might be the case, but it’s no challenge in the face of a school’s return on investment for educational technology incorporation.

The Learning Pyramid, a guiding tool for teaching excellence, displays several factors as indication of study retention.

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Traditional teaching methods included a heavy focus on lecture and demonstration versus a great involvement factor. Studies now show that lecture alone is hardly sufficient for success. If you believe that teaching and simply assigning take-home work is the solution, you’re also missing valuable puzzle pieces.

While lecture and reading components only hold 10 percent of retention, they are a 10-percent critical factor to student success. Just as you would never encourage your students to give 70 percent effort in his/her studies, you would also hold your teaching standards to the same expectation.

The most efficient way to implement interactivity (group discussion, practice by doing, projects and group work) is by introducing technology to the classroom. Flip your classroom, encourage students to explore and pursue rather than passively absorb.

Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” The goal of teaching our students is equipping them with the tools they need to implement and share these lessons with others. The best way to achieve full retention is to combine all learning efforts, infusing them in the technological setting current students are accustomed to.

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