Over the past few decades, technology has become an integral part of the learning process within schools, but recent studies are claiming that computers and laptops are making little to no difference, and in some cases even proving detrimental to students learning.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) carried out aglobal study of pupil’s performance in comparison to computer usage. Their results showed that Students who used computers more frequently at
school generally produced worse results, whereas those with only moderate use of technology in schools fared much better in the study.
Whilst the findings may look bleak, the OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher has stated that despite the disparaging results, this report should not “be an excuse not to use technology, but as a spur to finding a more effective approach”.
Whilst the results may reflect overuse of computers and tablet devices being detrimental to learning, it’s important to consider the use of these technologies in the workspace of today. With well over 50% of jobs now requiring computer skills it’s essential that students keep up to date with the ever evolving technology to ensure they can be capable in the workplace.
IT is expected to grow by a further 22% in the job market by 2020, and pupils’ access to technology in the classroom should affect this growing trend, to make sure they’re equipped with all the tools they need for the ever changing job market they will be going into.
So, maybe the OECD’s study shows that the use of computers doesn’t improve a student’s results in traditional educational subjects – but we think that the use of computers is better preparing them for the world of work. And, is that not the point of going to school in the first place?
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