7th Grade Math Teacher shows clear learning outcome improvements while engaging students with this interactive education technology.
As announced last week, one of our two winners in this contest was Juanita Rodriguez, 7th Grade Math Teacher at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Florida. Rodriguez employed CPS (Classroom Performance System) response systems from eInstruction in her class for the last six years and has continuously improved learning outcomes and student engagement year over year.
Juanita and I spoke the other day and talked about her wonderful results with this technology. She started using the CPS clickers about 6 years ago, really stepped up their use 4 years ago, and is now using them daily. The clickers allow her to know instantly when a student doesn't understand a concept she is teaching. The types of math subjects she is covering include geometry, pre-algebra, integers, and statistics.
The benchmark by which success has been defined in this application of education technology has been Florida's standardized FCAT test. The FCAT is the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, which measures student performance on selected benchmarks in Reading, Math, Writing, and Science. Rodriguez has been able to improve the percentage of students with FCAT math scores that indicate learning gains from 80% to 97% with the help of the CPS technology (very impressive!).
Rodriguez recently added the InterWrite Mobi tablet to her classroom technology, which has positioned her to provide even more immediate feedback to her students.
More on eInstruction's CPS & Interwrite Mobi
The CPS is a type of Student Response System and its an easy to use handheld ‘clicker' that enables students to respond to questions electronically. Instructors can pose questions manually, or can use pre-existing question templates. Answers can be exported to Excel, Word, a PDF, or a CPS Gradebook. Students have fun with these devices, get to answer questions privately, and generally feel very comfortable with them. Instructors get immediate feedback.
Classroom Performance Systems are recommended as an ideal tool to facilitate benchmark testing and increase scores (and Juanita's story certainly bears this out). There are also plenty of additional integrated technologies available that can extend the utility of the tool set. The InterWrite Mobi is one such tool. This mobile tablet device allows the teacher to walk around the classroom while working interactively, letting them be even more responsive.
This video shows these (and related) technologies in action:
While SRS tools are not an Internet based technology (which I most often write about here) they are indeed an instructional technology, and they are 'emerging' (that is, they are still evolving towards becoming mainstream Ed Tech), so they do fit in well with the types of technologies I like to write about. I'm looking forward to taking a closer look at these types of systems in a future post.
Juanita Rodriguez's use of these tools in the classroom is the kind of education technology success story that makes blogging about Ed Tech fun and motivating. Thanks Juanita for sharing your story!
Please be sure stop back next week to hear more about our other winner, Dallas McPheeters, and the great work he did with a summer Technology Camp for low SES students.
In the meanwhile, as always, we love to hear feedback and commentary from our readers. Feel free to weigh in with any thoughts, observations or questions about any of what we have discussed here, or anything related. Thanks.