It is a question posed daily by students to teachers across the country. Sometimes, the answer can seem a bit esoteric: "Yes, Johnny, you will need calculus in the real world." But providing an answer to pupils in today's civics classrooms should be far easier and direct since these kids are literally witnessing one of the most combative and contested presidential elections in history.
For too long, education technology decision-making has been driven by marketing rather than merit. Investors, entrepreneurs -- and, all too often educators -- mistake scale for impact. We assume popular solutions have tapped into a fundamental need -- and that they work to produce the results we want.
Education technology is quickly growing into a loud, crowded and even confusing space. However, with thousands of startups coming on board every day, how do we break through all the noise? As any teacher would tell you, the bottom line for any educational product must answer one fundamental question: Does the tool or resource help teachers make learning more effective for their students?
We found students with laptops wrote more frequently across a wider variety of genres. They also received more feedback on their writing. In addition, we found they edited and revised their papers more often, drew on a wider range of resources to write, and published or shared their work with others more often.