Role of Technology in Education

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High Plains Elementary School teacher Jennifer Williford works with Colette Jackson and Skyler Matteson on a computer project in her fifth grade class in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Hour 1

Laptops, tablets, electronic white boards and PowerPoint are increasingly at home in K through 12 classrooms. Some education reformers see technology as the central to improving learning, personalizing education, and saving money for cash-strapped schools. But so far studies have shown that digital learning hasn’t made the grade. This hour, we’ll look at how technology is changing education, schoolrooms and teaching. We’ll talk with ROBERT SLAVIN, Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at the Johns Hopkins University, about what works and what doesn’t. We’ll also meet SALMAN KAHN, founder and executive director of Kahn Academy, whose short online math tutorials for his younger cousins spurred him to create one of the largest free online education sites in the world.

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