Joe Madigan

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high school math, technology, engagement, achievement, cell phones


The purpose of this study was to examine what effects using technology in a high school classroom had on the engagement and achievement of math students. Because California’s high school students are consistently scoring below average on state and national tests, engagement needed to be examined in the mathematics classroom. In a world of prevalent and dynamic technology, today’s students need the necessary skills and strategies to engage and learn new mathematics material, using a variety of methods. Throughout this study, students’ attitudes and beliefs about technology were recorded. In addition, a mathematics pretest and posttest was administered to students before and after a technology based math lesson. A t-test was conducted comparing the means of the math pretest and posttest with a P value of .0248, thus resulting in a 95% confidence rate that the improvement in their scores was attributed to the treatment.

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