UNESCO Evaluation Shows Student Achievement Increases by Combining Professional Learning, Compelling Interactive Digital Content and Technology in the Classroom
A Dell-developed, 18-month evaluation conducted by UNESCO shows 20 percent increase in middle school students' math performance.
SAO PAULO & ROUND ROCK, Texas, Jun 24, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Eight million jobs will go unfilled in Brazil in the next three years due to shortage of qualified workers. Dell invests in research and development with local universities to better prepare students for 21st century competitive workforce.
--Evaluation indicates student achievement is enabled by the adoption of classroom technology, including digital content, combined with professional learning activities to the teachers and community support.
Technology, when integrated with interactive digital content, teacher training and community involvement, has a positive impact on student learning and performance, according to the results of the "Interactive Class" project evaluated and released today by UNESCO. Dell announced that it will extend research on technology's impact on teaching and learning in emerging and developed countries.
Participating middle school students improved their performance in math by 20 percent - seven times better than a non-participating study group. According to the study, 44 percent of students said that lessons using technology became more interesting and 54 percent said the lessons encouraged interest in studying.
The 18-month evaluation initiated by Dell in partnership with the Secretary of Education of Sao Paulo State, and with participation from University of Sao Paulo and management from Eldorado Institute, evaluated the impact of professional learning, interactive content and technology in the classroom. The evaluation spanned 23 schools in Hortolandia, Sao Paulo, Brazil and included approximately 6,000 students and 100 teachers.
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