This blog post was adapted from a case study that appeared on District Administration. Read the full story here.
Educators selecting new educational technology (edtech) for their districts or schools hope to find solutions that will help to increase student engagement, grow collaboration, and ultimately improve learning outcomes.
Cherokee County School District in Georgia was looking for this type of edtech when they decided to try out zSpace virtual reality at one of their middle schools. Teasley Middle School, a Title I school with a high percentage of English language learners and students with disabilities, implemented the technology at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. By using the immersive and interactive zSpace virtual reality systems, Teasley students are energized about learning new material. “They are excited about learning and being totally engaged and invested in mastering the lesson,” says assistant superintendent for technology and information services Bobby Blount.
Not only are students loving the virtual reality systems, but their test scores are also seeing an improvement in part because of access to this type of edtech! “Teasley’s score on Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index showed a 10-point gain over the previous year,” says Blount. “I attribute that to good teaching, strong leadership and access to great supplemental technology such as zSpace.” There are now four schools in the district using zSpace virtual reality.
By selecting the right type of technology for their students, schools can see both qualitative AND quantitative returns on their investment.
Want to read how another middle school is using zSpace? Check out this case study.