2002/03 Report by Dr. Sharon Jeroski
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2003/04 Report by Dr. Sharon Jeroski
2004/05 Report by Dr. Sharon Jeroski
2005/06 Report by Dr. Sharon Jeroski
2006/07 Report by Dr. Sharon Jeroski
2007/08 Report by Dr. Sharon Jeroski
2008/09 Report by Dr. Sharon Jeroski
2009-2011 Report by Jarrod Bell and Toni Thompson
2012-2013 Report by Jarrod Bell and Toni Thompson
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“Since full implementation of the Wireless Writing Program, the gap between male and female students has narrowed from 21% in 2003 to 8% in 2004. The gap between Aboriginal students and the total population narrowed from 17% in 2003 to 5% in 2004.”
David K. Vandergugten, Past Director of Instructional Technology, School District No. 60 – Peace River North
From the 2005 Report:
In September 2003, Peace River North (SD 60), implemented the Wireless Writing Program (WWP), providing iBooks on a 1:1 basis to all grades 6 and 7 students. Implementation involved 1150 students, and 37 teachers in 17 schools, and followed a successful 18-month pilot project. The Wireless Writing Program (WWP) is designed to improve student achievement, motivation, and learning skills, through the integration of technology with writing instruction. The BC Performance Standards for Writing are an integral part of the program.
Survey and achievement data were collected in both October and June; a random sample of student writing was selected for intensive analysis of changes from September to June; results of provincial writing and reading assessment in May were also analyzed.
The Wireless Writing Project has demonstrated that technology can be effectively integrated to improve student performance and attitudes, classroom learning environments, and parent satisfaction with schools. Analysis of survey and achievement data have also identified some key issues and provided guidance for program expansion.
Through the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years we followed the cohort group starting in grade 6 and finishing in grade 7. We collected writing samples for the fall and spring from each student and conducted assessment based on the BC Performance scale of 231 students who completed all four writing samples (out of 377 possible students). The results of this cohort study found that 94% of our grade 7 students at least minimally met expectations compared to 74% at the beginning of grade 6. Student gains appear to be highest in grade 6; however the gains are sustained, and slightly higher, during grade 7.
Our 2009-2011 cohort group (n=300) followed a similar methodology as the 2007-2009 cohort and exhibited similar results as previous years. We see a large increase in achievement in grade 6 which is sustained and grows somewhat in grade 7. There is a gap between boys and girls in terms of achievement with a significant gap apparent between Aboriginal boys and the entire group.
The gender gap
While boys and girls in 2005 achieved the same high level of performance: 89% of boys met expectations compared with 88% of girls, the gender gap has reappeared. Over the 2007-2009 and 2009-2011 cohort group girls performed noticeably higher than the boys at the beginning and end of the cohort (~10%).
For more information, contact:
Principal of Technology
School District #60 – Peace River North
Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada
From a Grade 5 Technology Survey in 2012