According to a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, providing K-12 students with technology has little impact on their learning outcomes; however, it was found that students did improve their computer proficiency because of the devices. Researchers said that computer-assisted learning and behavioral interventions showed some promise for increasing academic achievement. Implications of this study may advance the knowledge base of how technology can be used to support education, outline key areas for new experimental research, and help drive improvements to the policies, programs, and structures that contribute to successful teaching and learning.
Escueta, M., Quan, V., Nickow, A. J., & Oreopoulos, P. (2017). Education technology: An evidence-based review. National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series, (23744). https://dx.doi.org/10.3386/w23744