Evaluating the impact of digital tools to teach math and science in Chile
Latin American and Caribbean countries fare poorly in international comparisons of learning assessments. Weak performance on these tests has been clearly linked to poor economic performance as students become workers. Consequently, many countries in the region have been actively seeking innovative solutions that can improve students’ learning. As such, they have invested substantial resources to increase students’ access to computers and connectivity at school. Emerging evidence suggests that while programs that focus only on expanding access to technology produce limited gains, programs that provide clear guidance on how to use technological resources can generate significant effects on student learning.
This project, implemented by the University of Chile, will evaluate an innovative digital education program called "Conecta Ideas" ("Connect Ideas") to generate rigorous evidence on how to improve the quality of education using technology. This program, which teaches mathematics in 11 Chilean schools attended by students with low socio-economic status, has been implemented for the past five years. Preliminary results indicate that the model has a significant effect on student learning. This project will assess these effects in depth, estimate costs, determine key factors for success, and provide clear protocols to ensure effective implementation and scale-up of the program. The project will also advocate for its adoption for low-income students in Latin America and the Caribbean. Results of the project are expected to inform education policies across the region, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Evaluating the impact of digital tools to teach math and science in Chile : final report
The project worked to produce evidence to inform policies on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve the quality of education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in schools. More specifically, the project aimed to measure the effects of the ‘ConectaIdeas’ program/game application on math learning. Results indicate increased math achievement for all the specifications presented.
Author(s): Araya, Roberto
Does gamification in education work? : experimental evidence from Chile
Gamification, or the introduction of game elements to non-game contexts, has the potential to improve learning by increasing student motivation. The paper evaluates an innovative technology program that uses gamification to increase math learning in low-performing primary schools in Chile. The program employs an array of gamification strategies to promote intensive use of the learning platform. Results show the program increased students’ preference towards using technology for math learning and promoted the idea among students that study effort can raise intelligence. On the other hand, the program increased math anxiety and reduced students’ preference towards teamwork.
Author(s): Araya, Roberto, Ortiz, Elena Arias, Bottan, Nicolas, Cristia, Julian