My Netbook Study/Assessment in a Nutshell
Problem - Does a 1:1 teaching environment benefit students more than a computer-less course of study?
Hypothesis - Students in a 1:1 environment will perform better than those in a computer less course of study.
Assessment/Experiment - Class divided into two groups of equal ability - one with only computer activities and one with all computer-less activities for a muscles/bones unit. After two weeks, the groups switched (computers or non-computers). Several checkpoint assessments were administered during the unit, followed by a comprehensive assessment.
Results: See "7th grade" sheet to the right
Conclusion: Results from the computer group and non-computer group were mixed. Computer users typically scored higher at first, but did not improve greatly over their initial gains. Non-computer users scored lower at first, but made more significant gains over the course of the unit. In the end, both groups, regardless of condition, scored about the same. Having the computer and non-computer groups benefitted the whole class. While one group worked on computers, the teacher was able to work with a smaller group of students and help them more directly. The computers allowed the teacher to shrink the classroom.
The Monty Hall Problem - Click the picture to play the game, then see if the results matched your expectation. Review the explanation to see why.
| • Teachers may feel that their students understand a concept or operation, but can't be sure until they assess.
• Many people go into the Monty Hall problem with false assertions (stick with your choice), but real world testing has shown this assertion lowers the probability of success.
• It's easy, after teaching a lesson, to assume that students have it, but we must assess to truly know.
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