When technology no longer enhances learning
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This article was written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science in Education - Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. The purpose of this study was to see in the 21st century's classroom if the use of technology was enhance and engaging students in their learning. I wanted to know when having smartboards, iPads, laptops, computers, clickers and other technologies no longer engages students in learning. The method that I used was to have three different treatments that allowed me to see when and if the technology that I had in my classroom would enhance their learning. For the first treatment the students were not allowed any technology in the classroom. This meant these students had to rely on their own knowledge and ask questions of me and their fellow classmates. The second treatment group was allowed the use of technology fifty percent of the time. These students were given technology half of the time in the classroom. They could ask questions of their neighbors, their teacher, and use some other resources when time was permitted. The final treatment had full use of technology. These students were only allowed to use technology to find the answer that they were searching for. They could ask their teacher some questions but were to rely heavily on their technology for their answers. The results from my study were that second treatment group preformed the best on their posttest. They showed the most gain in their knowledge than the other two groups. The students that are coming to us in our classrooms are much more familiar with the use of computers, iPads, iPods, and other technology that in the years before. I think there is one thing that will never change in learning and that is the need for human contact.