What a sense of relief, right? I bet that’s what all the edtech evangelists are saying now. I mean, when the truth comes out, you aren’t worried about maintaining the lie, right?
- Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils’ performance, says a global study from the OECD.
- frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results.
- education systems which have invested heavily in information and communications technology have seen “no noticeable improvement” in Pisa test results for reading, mathematics or science.
- “Those students who use tablets and computers very often tend to do worse than those who use them moderately.”
- Students who use computers very frequently at school get worse results
- The results show “no appreciable improvements” in reading, mathematics or science in the countries that had invested heavily in information technology
- High achieving school systems such as South Korea and Shanghai in China have lower levels of computer use in school
- making sure that all children have a good grasp of reading and maths is a more effective way to close the gap than “access to hi-tech devices”.
- what we can do as a teaching profession is to start thinking very carefully about what we really need it for.