The value proposition for educational technology seems to periodically challenged in the media, and there’s a bit of that in this NPR piece. Referring to a recent Pew study on teachers’ use of technology and several fairly superficial examples of student learning, NPR laments the fact that there hasn’t been much of a correlation between test scores and use of technology in schools, “So far, there hasn’t been a way to measure how effective all this technology is and whether or not it’s actually helping kids learn. In some districts where schools have invested heavily in computers and e-readers, test scores have remained the same or fallen.” Perhaps the problem lies with pedagogy, and not tools; this topic is worthy of deeper exploration. Make sure to check out the comments section on this piece which contains much more vigorous arguments.
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