Computers in schools do not raise pupils’ results
A report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that pupil performance is not improved by the heavy use of computers and technology at school. The organisation suggested that the frequent use of classroom technology is more likely to be associated with lower results for pupils. In the UK alone the spending on technology in schools has been valued at around £900m each year by technology analysts Gartner, with £17.5bn spent worldwide.
The main points from the report are that students who use computers frequently come out with worse results, and that the use of technology in schools does not improve reading, mathematics and science skills. Furthermore, countries with some of the highest achieving schools such as South Korea and China are more cautious about their use of computers in the classroom. Concerns were also raised that pupils could easily copy and paste homework answers from online and become distracted by a frequent use of technology at school.
Despite this, there are still those who highlight the advantages of young people learning through the use of technology, with the internet providing any student with access to a wealth of knowledge at any time.