Published By : 05 Oct 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
A recent report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has revealed that though technology devices such as laptops, tablets, and others are more prevalent in today’s classrooms, it is not necessarily leading to better educational outcomes. The report has compiled data from 60 countries regarding the usage of computer by students at home and in school as well as their performance on digital and written tests. The report states that the students who moderately use computers at school perform somewhat better than those who do not use computers at all. However, students who very frequently use computers tend to perform significantly worse.
The findings of the report come at a time when there is growing adoption of technology in classrooms. It is estimated that in 2014, around 13.2 million laptops, desktops, and tablets were shipped to schools and higher educational institutions in the U.S. Though the availability of technology among students has been positively linked to their test performance, the authors found out that the countries that invested less in introducing technology in schools actually improved better compared to those countries that invested more.
For enriching education, technology holds a great potential by connecting learning to real-life situations. Parents see the introduction of technology as an improvement in the overall quality of their children’s education. However, the report notes that parents are responsible to help their kids manage the distractions of technology. Further, parents need to advocate thoughtful approaches for the implementation of technology in the classrooms