Douglas Crets


Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Can EdTech Help Dropout Rates?

According to the United States Department of Education, the dropout rate among students 16 to 24 years old dropped from roughly 14 percent in 1980 to 8 percent in 2008. While this is an improvement, sadly, it is not good enough. More and more, what researchers are finding is that the literacy rate directly correlates to the dropout rate. As a result, many professionals are encouraging a forward thinking model that incorporates education technology as a way to combat both literacy and dropout rates.

As technology, and in particular the internet, has evolved, it has become increasingly important for educators to keep up with the rapid changes. Technology can be an invaluable tool for students and educators alike, allowing for access to information that previously was either unattainable or cost prohibitive.

Online and distance learning continues to be one of the most valuable assets that education technology offers. Particularly in rural areas where access to information has been limited, online learning can mean the difference between a student giving up or persevering.

Educational software is also a great way for students to deal with literacy concerns. There are literally thousands of software titles available across many platforms that help students tackle issues such as spelling, reading comprehension, and writing. Application of software in the classroom has proven effective as most programs are interactive. Also, these titles allow for students to learn at their own pace. Too often, in the classroom, an educator is placed in a difficult position. They have to teach the lesson, but at a pace that all students can follow. When certain students are not grasping the material as well, these students can end up being left behind. As this pattern persists over a student’s school career, the student begins to lose hope in ever comprehending the information and simply gives up. This leads to students dropping out.

Finally, social learning is a great new way to assist students in their studies. Social learning applies the principles of social media to the classroom by exposing students to other students and their experiences. This can be done through online social media sites, online chatting, or video conferencing.

As technology improves and evolves, it is very important for educators and employees of the education industry to follow the developments in order to best serve students. By implementing these tools, educators can improve literacy rates while helping to prevent dropouts.


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3 Responses

  1. Jerald says:

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