Who Decides if Ed Tech Even Works

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A veteran math teacher puts ASSISTments to the test and reports on how second-year algebra students learn to persevere in completing homework assignments through the use of the online homework platform. She showcases the tool’s ability to deliver instant feedback and embed video explanations in problem sets.

Educators today are eager for solutions that have long seemed elusive to age-old challenges in education, including a widening achievement gap between our highest and lowest performers. Education technology will be part of the solution. If we commit to systemic and rigorous evaluation, we may find that certain technologies can truly help make massive inroads in technology. We already have promising evidence that some programs, when paired with thoughtful implementation and supports, can have powerful impacts. Randomized evaluations found that ASSISTments-- a virtual math homework support-- significantly improved math scores despite only being used for about 10 minutes several days a week. 

ASSISTments Program Director Britt Neuhaus and her colleagues weigh in on finding EdTech that will truly support student learning.

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