Many believe technology in schools has revolutionized the way children learn in and out of the classroom.
However, it appears that when students are provided with individual laptops, many become distracted from their school work. That’s according to a recent Real Clear investigation into Google Chromebooks in schools.
In this digital age where children have access to all sorts of electronics in and out of school, it makes sense to bring laptops into the classroom – but they don’t come without some consequences, according to Real Clear.
Some educators reportedly say providing laptops to kids in public schools hasn’t done anything positive for the kids:
Students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in most learning outcomes, even after accounting for social background and student demographics… The results show no appreciable improvements in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science in the countries that had invested heavily in information and communications technologies for education.Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study conclusions
But on the other hand, some insist that computers provide benefits to the students, and should be used when appropriate:
If the computer is the right tool for a lesson, the student should be on the computer… If it’s not the right tool for that lesson, the student shouldn’t be on the computer. An iPad or Chromebook takes the place of a number of really heavy textbooks.Valerie Truesdale, assistant executive director of American Association of School Administrators to Real Clear Investigations
Find out more about Real Clear’s look into the classroom Chromebooks here: Classroom Chromebooks.
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