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Technology in the Classroom: A Balancing Act

  • February 10, 2016|
  • 2 years ago

by Ben Kesling

The Wall Street Journal

Article excerpt

Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results, OECD Says

The report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, tracked educational outcome among students based on their use of technology at home and in the classroom. While student performance improves when they use technology in moderation, the group found, overexposure to computers and the Internet causes educational outcomes to drop.

Our take

When It Comes to Technology Is Less More?

A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveals some startling findings: more technology, at home and in the classroom, may not necessarily help; in fact, it may actually hurt. The study found that, when overused, technology can actually cause learning outcomes to decline. What is the key takeaway for educators?

As in many things, moderation is the key. Technology is an aid, but it’s not a panacea as this study points out. It’s important for school systems to ensure that their strategy drives technology deployment, and not the other way around. One important takeaway according to an OECD director: “Technology can amplify good teaching but it can’t replace poor teaching.”

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