"A group of recent studies on technology in education, across a wide range of real-world settings, have come up far short of a ringing endorsement."They then they go on to review three fairly major studies that end up showing results that range from not-so-good to bad to down-right-ugly. Why to poor showing? In all three cases, they took an existing program and threw money (high tech) at the program expecting that to improve the outcomes.
I know I'm old fashioned but when I taught, I asked myself four questions:
- What is it that I want the students to learn?
- What are the best best ways to present the skills and knowledge to promote learning?
- Which way is most likely to be best (both practical and successful)? That will become my primary approach.
- What technology would best support the student using the selected approach?
"Implementation is really important, yet it’s often ignored."
"Computers are enhancing access. There’s less evidence that they’re enhancing learning."