With huge investments made locally and nationally in educational technology, understanding the impact of technology solutions on student achievement can help teachers and administrators.
In a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, April 13, Rachael Schuetz, an Oregon State University - Cascades instructor and researcher in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, will share discoveries she made during an experiment using iPads in a second grade classroom.
Schuetz leads the cohorts of OSU-Cascades graduate students pursuing elementary teaching in the MAT program.
In the elementary classroom, Schuetz experimented teaching groups of young students mathematics lessons on an iPad and using a paper-and-pencil approach. She then compared the students’ achievement and engagement in math, and incorporated feedback from teacher focus groups. The findings can add to teachers' understanding of how to best use technology and improve student achievement.
Schuetz is a national board certified teacher. Prior to joining OSU-Cascades, she taught for a decade in primary grades in Eugene, Ore., Arizona and in the Bend LaPine School District.
In 2012, Schutez was honored as a finalist for the Bend LaPine Schools Teacher of the Year Award. She recently concluded a D.Ed. program and continues her research in educational technology in the early elementary mathematics classroom.
OSU-Cascades’ lunchtime lecture series showcases the range of research and scholarship underway by faculty at the Bend campus. The lectures are free, but attendees are asked to register in advance. Lectures take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Cascades Hall. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking.
About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s branch campus in Bend, Ore., features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and four graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. The branch campus expanded to a four-year university beginning fall 2015; its new campus will open in fall 2016.