June 30, 2008 12:34 ET

SETDA Announces Teacher Student Engagement Tool

What Do Teachers Need to Do to Keep Students Engaged?

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - SETDA released today a free, online resource that helps teachers use technology to engage students more effectively in core subject areas like math, science, social studies and reading. The tool entitled, "Teacher's and Technology's Role in Student Engagement" addresses the need for all teachers to use rigorous digital content and new teaching strategies to increase student engagement.

"The use of technology in schools should not be limited to 30 minutes of computer lab time each week which happens in many schools across the country," said Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D, SETDA's Executive Director. "Research shows that technology-based reform models that are supported with on-going professional development result in increased student engagement and ultimately student achievement." Wolf continued, "Forty-seven percent of students surveyed stated that a major reason for dropping out of school was that classes were not interesting (Gates Foundation). Education needs to change and educators need to take bold action to address the needs of 21st century learners."

The SETDA tool supports teachers' need to identify strategies and resources that make using technology, when teaching core curriculum and content standards, more effective for all students -- offering opportunities to individualize instruction and go beyond the classroom walls to build the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in a global economy.

Developed in collaboration with corporate partners, the tool includes:

--  Model programs of increased student engagement leading to increased
    student achievement
--  Effective Use of Web 2.0 Tools in the classroom: Including: Blogs,
    Wikis, & Podcasts
--  High Quality Professional Development for Educational Technology
--  Policy examples
--  Sample outreach documents

"It's rewarding to collaborate with my colleagues from other states to develop a tool that offers educators throughout the country, quality resources to enhance teaching and learning through technology," stated Julia Fallon, SETDA Member from Washington State. "When we integrate real-world technologies into the classroom, we can really engage today's students and build equity among learners who, otherwise, would lack the critical access that turns them into participants in a technology-driven society."

To view the entire tool, please visit


The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members providing professional development and leadership around the effective use to technology in education to enhance competitiveness in the global workforce.

Contact Information

    Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D
    SETDA, Executive Director
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