Monday, September 14, 2015

False hope: our foolish love of shiny things

Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, says OECD (BBC News)
     Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils' performance, says a global study from the OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development]

    The think tank says frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results.
    The OECD's education director Andreas Schleicher says school technology had raised "too many false hopes".
    Tom Bennett, the government's expert on pupil behaviour, said teachers had been "dazzled" by school computers.
    The report from the OECD examines the impact of school technology on international test results, such as the Pisa tests taken in more than 70 countries and tests measuring digital skills.
    It says that 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....
     We've reported on the work of the OECD previously. See On education reform (4/25/15).

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