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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Boomer OnlineParents are constantly looking for the best education for their children, and technology may just be the key. The Ozarks Educational Research Initiative (OERI) at Missouri State University was founded in 2006 to improve, promote and disseminate educational research by conducting studies and program evaluations, and Dr. Dr. Tamara Arthaud, department head of counseling, leadership and special education at Missouri State, said their latest initiative involves the concept of 1:1 technology.

“School districts in the area were interested in how to enhance the technology in the classroom and actually have one child to one technological device in every classroom, if possible,” said Arthaud. “In all cases, they are looking at ways to have every child in a classroom, or a district even, to have the technology and know how to use that to better provide academic results to the children.”

Whether the technology is provided by the school or brought from home, during the 2013-14 academic year OERI is researching the impact of technology-enriched instruction.

Some schools are already up and running as 1:1 technology districts, while others are using these districts as examples to set up their own guidelines for 1:1 curriculum. Participating districts include Branson, Hollister, Joplin, Springfield Public Schools, Greenwood Lab School and West Plains.

“The OERI is an initiative that began because school districts and the university were looking for a way to collaborate on finding research-based answers to questions that would help school districts do a better job of decision making,” said Arthaud. “So, connecting the districts with researchers at the university just seemed like the perfect opportunity to help them answer questions for their school boards and their educational leadership teams.”

For more information, contact Arthaud at (417) 836-6951 or TamaraArthaud@MissouriState.edu.

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