According to the Pew Research Center, 17 percent of teens can’t always finish their homework because they don’t have reliable access to a computer or the internet.Simply put, we must ensure equal access to technology if we’re going to use it in schools — something that hasn’t always happened in public education.That’s vastly better than assigning students homework that doesn’t provide feedback and resembles busy work, be it photocopied word searches in the elementary grades or repetitive math worksheets across the school years.
A 2013 meta-analysis by Duke University researchers of 23 studies examining the efficacy of “intelligent” tutoring systems showed that self-paced education technology that personalizes learning for each student worsens achievement gaps by allowing already highly motivated students to progress while leaving unmotivated students in the dust.
On the other hand, this same meta-analysis showed that systems that were part of a teacher-led homework routine did not worsen achievement gaps and led to increased student learning.
Our Homework System includes questions in the form of graphs, choice matrices, fill-in-the-blank, image and graph labeling, and more.
You can manage Flat World Homework through your institution’s Learning Management System or use the interface as a stand-alone system.
Within the educational technology industry, there are companies that don’t always carefully consider how their products might affect different student populations.
In fact, studies have shown that student-paced learning tools may sometimes exacerbate achievement gaps.
However, while the benefits of moving some student homework to interactive, online platforms are clear, we can’t ignore the question of access.
These programs can only work — and narrow, rather than widen, gaps — if all students have equitable access to digital resources.
The good news is that more organizations today are devoting efforts to giving underrepresented groups greater access than in the past, according to a new report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association.
The report highlights a number of steps that states are taking, including creating one-to-one laptop programs, increasing statewide broadband networks and making Wi-Fi hotspots more readily available.