A recent study by Empirical Education, a Palo Alto-based research firm, found that an iPad app, HMH Fuse, which provides students with personalized lesson plans in algebra, showed “dramatically improved student achievement” in Riverside Unified School District, but not in three other districts. For more details, see this TopEd post.

Riverside Unified has been a leader in implementing new education technologies, as described in this EdSource post. One of the reasons for its success, according to district officials, is that students are allowed to personalize their computers with their music and photos, so they carry them — and their homework — with them wherever they go.

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  1. uksuperiorpapers 10 years ago10 years ago

    As always it is the parents and teachers who must make education relevant to students. Technology must become nothing more than a tool. Where all can have access to hardware and applicationsif needed.On the one hand I bet using technology is not exactly learning – just as using a remote control does not teach you about television. You are the slaves to the technology; not the technologist.