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.