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Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning

The Alliance for Excellent Education released a report finding that technology—when implemented properly—can produce significant gains in student achievement and boost engagement, particularly among students most at risk.
The report is based on a review of more than 70 recent research studies and provides concrete examples of classroom environments in which technology has made a positive difference in the learning outcomes of students at risk of failing courses and dropping out. Specifically, the report identifies three important components to successfully using technology with at-risk students: (1) interactive learning, (2) use of technology to explore and create rather than to “drill and kill,” and (3) the right blend of teachers and technology. The report also identifies significant disparities in technology access and implementation between affluent and low-income schools.

October 2014