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Education Reform: Technology is a Tool, to Bridge Latino Education Gap

Education Reform: Technology is a Tool, Not Silver Bullet, to Bridge Latino Education Gap

Education Reform: by Elianne Ramos, 07/27/2012

When it comes to education, in spite of some refreshing news lately, Latino youth present a well documented and very troubling picture. On average, Hispanic students tend to perform far below their peers, have the highest dropout rates, and have the lowest college completion rates. This disheartening fact has enormous consequences for  our community and the country, in a world that demands more and more education, particularly in technology and science-related fields.

In light of the Department of Education’s recent announcement of an ambitious plan to get digital textbooks and tablets into the hands of all students in five years, one certainly hopes that Latino kids – who still lag in broadband access at home – are not the ones lost in the shuffle once schools begin adopting technology more widely.

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Tom McDonald’s Comments:

Below grade, at risk, English language learners,  have done very well advancing individual learning outcomes in ELA and Math, with truly personalized, learning technology:

Advanced English Learners pass rates up to 78%.

We must learn, follow and integrate into the classroom, brain based, research proven, classroom proven, learner centric, learning methodologies, to advance ALL individual student learning outcomes, in the most effective and efficient way possible.

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All of the proven learning research supports the new learning model: ” Teacher facilitated, truly personalized learning, over time, with teacher facilitated, truly personalized reinforcement, over time, in a teacher facilitated, blended learning environment, over time”.

This is a truly personalized, learner centric, 1:1 learning environment.

Traditionally this has not been possible because it was not affordable, nor scalable to large numbers of students.

Enter, instructor facilitated, truly personalized learning technology.

Each student is assessed for competency, then delivered a customized personalized course plan, specific to what they individually don’t know. (For English Language Learners, the instruction is in both English and Spanish to accelerate content and language learning).

This is individually, spaced, paced and reinforced, over time, through personalized study sessions, creating individual fluency/mastery of critical must know information, in the shortest individual time possible.

This is all done automatically via a digital tutor and is individually facilitated by and instructor (up to 200 students can be online facilitated by one instructor).

This truly personalized learning software has been available since 2000 and has delivered the following individual advanced learning outcomes:

More Stimulation per Minute of Study

300% Improvement in Retained Learning per Hour of Study

11% less study time, 22% less test time, and 95% higher test scores


Turnkey eLearning application for California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE);

Advanced English Learners pass rates up to 78%;

Advanced Special Education learners pass rates up to 50%;

Advanced Traditional education learners pass rates up to 100%.

Customized, annualized, CAHSEE, Return on Investment (ROI), economic validations, have ranged between 800% and 4,000%+

The reason that this is so successful is that it seamlessly integrates brain based, research proven, classroom proven, learning methodologies into the software so that each and every student has a teacher facilitated, consistent, truly personalized, effective and efficient learning experience.

Ready made content (Math/ELA) can be included, or the software can be adjusted to allow each student to enter their choice of critical must know content, creating a truly personalized, adaptive learning system.

Another advantage, directly because of the above, is that content takes 50% less time to create.

Instructor facilitated, truly personalized learning technology is available, affordable, scalable and classroom proven, to advance all learners learning outcomes.

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