Opinion
Education Letter to the Editor

Interactive Technology a Winner for Students

February 07, 2011 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that “maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success.” (“ESEA Renewal Could Gain Momentum,” Feb. 2, 2011.) He said that to win the race for the future, we needed to begin with educating our kids, and we agree. He called on the country to “do what is necessary to give every child a chance to succeed” and said that “if you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we’ll show you the money.” Delivering on this challenge means we must equip our teachers with effective tools proven to increase student achievement.

Dr. Robert Marzano, a former English teacher with more than 30 years of education research experience, has conducted a two-year study of interactive classroom technology for my company and found that when used for teaching and learning, these powerful technologies can increase student achievement by 16 percentile points. The results over the two years were consistent and showed that student achievement was higher when lessons were delivered using interactive technologies. And, we can link these improvements to both individual income and national economic growth.

Increased productivity is the nirvana of most businesses, and if we want to create a more robust economy, we need to boost productivity in our classrooms. By investing in technology that improves both the quality and the speed at which we can reach learning outcomes, we increase the life chances of all young people and prospects for the future economic success of this country.

Mark Elliott

President, North America

Promethean Inc.

Atlanta, Ga.

A version of this article appeared in the February 09, 2011 edition of Education Week as Interactive Technology a Winner for Students

Events

Recruitment & Retention Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Chronic Teacher Shortage: Where Do We Go From Here?  
Join Peter DeWitt, Michael Fullan, and guests for expert insights into finding solutions for the teacher shortage.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
Mission Possible: Saving Time While Improving Student Outcomes
Learn how district leaders are maximizing instructional time and finding the best resources for student success through their MTSS framework.
Content provided by Panorama Education
Reading & Literacy K-12 Essentials Forum Writing and the Science of Reading
Join us for this free event as we highlight and discuss the intersection of reading and writing with Education Week reporters and expert guests.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: January 18, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Letter to the Editor EdWeek's Most-Read Letters of 2022
Here are this year’s top five Letters to the Editor.
1 min read
Education Week opinion letters submissions
Gwen Keraval for Education Week
Education In Their Own Words Withstanding Trauma, Leading With Honesty, and More: The Education Stories That Stuck With Us
Our journalists highlight why stories on the impact of trauma on schooling and the fallout of the political discourse on race matter to the field.
4 min read
Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Billy Calzada/The San Antonio Express-News via AP
Education In Their Own Words Masking, Miscarriages, and Mental Health: The Education Stories That Stuck With Us
Our reporters share the stories they wrote that rose above the fray—and why.
5 min read
Crystal Curtis and her son, Jordan Curtis, outside their home in Plano, Texas. Crystal, a healthcare professional whose son attends school in Plano talks about the challenges of ensuring quality schooling, her discomfort with the state and district’s rollback of mandatory masking, and the complications of raising a Black child in a suburban district as policies shift.
Crystal Curtis and her son, Jordan Curtis, outside their home in Plano, Texas. Crystal, a healthcare professional whose son attends school in Plano talks about the challenges of ensuring quality schooling, her discomfort with the state and district’s rollback of mandatory masking, and the complications of raising a Black child in a suburban district as policies shift.
Allison V. Smith for Education Week