More technology in schools doesn’t guarantee smartness in kids
It has become a recent trend to push for more and more technology in schools, but you may want to pause before you laud schools for implementing hi-tech computers and gadgets in classrooms, along with other technological resources.
According to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report released in September, too much technology in schools could be a bad thing.Many schools around the world have invested in technology in the past few years and 72% of students in OECD countries have an access and also use computers at school. With this, one may expect the implementation of technology to have a positive impact on kids but OECD report says otherwise.
1 The OECD report
The OECD report is a “first of its kind” analysis of students’ digital skills and its comparison among their counterparts across the world. The report suggests that there is a fine distinction between technology being helpful or harmful.
Students who use computers moderately at schools tend to do slightly better than students who hardly use computers. But those students who moderately use computers do significantly better than the students who frequently use computers, as per the report.
To come to this assessment in their report, OECD analyzed the data from the ‘Programme for International Student Assessment’ (PISA), an exam taken by 15-year olds across the globe,ranging from China to US and Spain.
The report proves that even though countries have invested heavily in information and communication technology (ICT) in schools, “PISA results show no appreciable improvements in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science”.