Technology in Differentiation: How to Integrate Technology to Support Students of Low Readiness

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Gillette-Cockerill, Kary
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With technology becoming more and more prevalent in today's classrooms, it is increasingly important to analyze both its uses and usefulness. This article shows ways of integrating technology as a support tool for students struggling within a math classroom. The observations and lessons took place within a high school in which every student has a district laptop. Support was accomplished through the use of PowerPoint as an online resource to be used at home, pre-assessments meant to highlight misconceptions or missing skills, and interactive online programs designed to bolster ability in the areas of algebra, geometry, and logic. Results showed an overall increase in performance, with several students moving from a D to a B within the experimental period. Analysis of results shows that online notes were most prized by students, whereas the teacher deemed the use of pre-assessments as most important.