After reading a few sections of the SETDA report on technology integration, it still seems very subjective on how we can measure the impact of technology integration on academic curriculum. For example, I was reading a report of a school in Arkansas, which mentioned that they achieved academic gains with the integration of technology. According to the report, “teachers fully integrated technology into curriculum and instruction,” and that it contributed to significant increases in scores. On whose authority should we be convinced that this particular school “fully” integrated technology. Where is the accountability? What other factors and variables could have contributed to academic gains?
Maybe there is no way to objectively provide answers to the question, but rather offer a standardized model that all schools could follow. I am still trying to wrap my head around this central question: How much impact does educational technology integration have on academic achievement?