Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tech impact on learning studies

A recent international study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found no positive evidence of impact of educational technology on student performance.
It did not find any significant improvement in reading, math or science in countries that heavily invested in technology to improve student achievement. In fact, the report found that technology perhaps even widened the achievement gaps.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (2016). Student, computers and  learning. OECD. DOI:10.1787/9789264239555-en

On the other hand, a meta-analysis of 96 studies of 1-1 laptop programs found that students' test scores in science, writing, math and English language arts improved significantly. Students with laptops wrote more frequently across a wider variety of genres. They also received more feedback on their writing. In addition, they edited and revised their papers more often, drew on a wider range of resources to write, and published or shared their work with others more often. Student surveys, teacher interviews and classroom observations in these studies revealed that students with access to laptops worked more autonomously and gained experience in project-based learning. This allowed them to synthesize and critically apply knowledge.
Zheng, B., & Warschauer, M. (2016). Learning in one-to-one laptop environments. Review of Educational Research

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