Technology do not improve school pupils’ academic results 

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Computers do not noticeably improve school pupils’ academic results and can even hamper performance, an OECD report said Tuesday that looked at the impact of technology in classrooms across the globe, reports BSS.

While almost three quarters of pupils in the countries surveyed used computers at schools, the report by the the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development found technology had made no noticeable improvement in results.

Conversely, in high-achieving schools in parts of Asia, where smartphones and computers have become an integral part of people’s everyday lives, technology was far less prevalent in the classrooms.

In South Korea, students used computers for an average of nine minutes at school and in Hong Kong, only 11 minutes — just a fraction of the 58 minutes spent in Australia, 42 in Greece and 39 in Sweden.

“Where computers are used in the classroom, their impact on student performance is mixed at best,” OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher said in a foreword to the report, the think-tank’s first on the topic.

“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 report measured the impact of technology use at school on international test results, such as the OECD’s Pisa tests taken in dozens of countries around the world and other exams measuring digital skills.

It found that education systems which have invested heavily in information and communications technology have seen “no noticeable improvement” in results for reading, mathematics or science.

The OECD urged schools to work with teachers to turn technology into a more powerful tool in the classroom and develop more sophisticated software for experimentation and simulation, social media and games.

“The real contributions ICT can make to teaching and learning have yet to be fully realised and exploited,” it concluded.


Mehrab Masayeed Habib is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the American International University, Bangladesh (AIUB). He is a car enthusiast. Besides his academic studies, he is involved with News Hour and BYLC Graduate Network (BGN). He worked in "Rise up Labs" for a while as well. He is also the founder of "Bangla Automobile School" - world’s first initiative to provide lectures on automobile engineering in Bangla. He is passionate about movies, social networking, music, film making and automobile. He produced two short films and some unofficial music videos as an ameture. One of his short films "Ekti ghori o shochetonota” was in the top ten list in the AIUB film club short film competition 2011. He is also interested in Public leadership and did some trainings and attended in summits on Leadership.
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