Student Engagement Is On The Decline Of Classrooms Nationwide

1459 Words Apr 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Student engagement is on the decline in classrooms nationwide. As a result, graduation rates are decreasing and dropout rates are increasing. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2013 almost 50 percent of 16- through 24- year olds who had 11 or 12 years of school never earned a high school credential. This number increased from 26 percent in 1990 to 47 percent in 2013 (The Condition of Education). To meet this new need for student engagement and to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates, school districts nationwide must increase the use and availability of effective educational technology in classrooms. In the last decade or so the use of educational technology in the classroom has greatly advanced. Teachers have gone from writing notes and lessons on green chalkboards to dry erase boards to SMART boards. With the implementation of SMART boards, students and teachers alike are able to participate in interactive lessons by using touch screen technology or handheld clickers. Teachers have also turned to methods such as sending email or text message updates for test and homework reminders. Educational books or textbooks are now published online. Students are able to complete assignments and turn them in online, and teachers are able, with many of these websites, to track their students’ progress in understanding the material (How can Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom). Additionally, students are capable of creating and…

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