"Computers in the Classroom May Do More Harm Than Good"

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"Computers in the Classroom May Do More Harm Than Good"

Postby Soul Singin' » 2019-06-10 10:25

In the Pacific Standard, Tom Jacobs wrote:Computers in the Classroom May Do More Harm Than Good—If They're Overused

New research finds that computers are most effective as teaching tools when used sparingly, and to teach kids at certain ages specific subjects.

Tom Jacobs
Jun 6, 2019

Initiatives to provide every schoolchild with a laptop or tablet computer have, to date, been well-publicized failures. And perhaps they were bad ideas to begin with.

Computers can certainly be effective tools for teaching children of certain ages specific subjects. But a large new study suggests their presence in the classroom is far from universally positive.

"Students worldwide appear to perform best on tests when they report a low-to-moderate use of school computers," Helen Lee Bouygues, president of the Paris-based Reboot Foundation, argues in a just-released report.

"When students report having access to classroom computers and using these devices on an infrequent basis, they show better performance," Bouygues writes. "But when students report using these devices every day, and for several hours during the school day, performance lowers dramatically."

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Re: "Computers in the Classroom May Do More Harm Than Good"

Postby Hallvor » 2019-06-10 12:45

Makes sense.
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Re: "Computers in the Classroom May Do More Harm Than Good"

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2019-06-10 16:34

A computer can be a tool, an entertainement system, or a great time waster.
It depends on the person using it. Children don't need computers that much, especially elementary school children.
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Re: "Computers in the Classroom May Do More Harm Than Good"

Postby Soul Singin' » 2019-06-10 20:35

Wheelerof4te wrote:A computer can be a tool

That sounds like the proper use of a computer in the classroom. First you lay out the task on the blackboard, then you use the tool to complete the task.
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