Friday, 4 February 2011

Bursting the 9 Myths of Computing Technology in Education

In a thought provoking article by Kentaro Toyama published in ICT Works, the author argues that "technology in education has a poor historical record; that computers in schools typically fail to have positive impact (with the rare exceptions occurring only in the context of competent, well-funded schools); that information technology is almost never worth its opportunity cost; and that quality education doesn’t require information technology".
Having put forward a point-by-point refutation of frequently heard sound bites extolling technology in schools, he concludes that "underperforming school systems should keep their focus on improving teaching and administration, and that even good schools may want to consider more cost-effective alternatives to technology when making supplementary educational investments".

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