As school districts vie for money to upgrade and introduce more technology to their classrooms, a new, large-scale study is bringing into question if more computer time for students is better.
According to CBS News, an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development study conducted by a group representing 34 countries, "students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in reading, even after accounting for students' background." And they point out that poor reading ability also stunts students' abilities to advance in science and math.
The study points out "somewhat better learning outcomes" for students with moderate computer use in classrooms but poor outcomes for students who heavily used computers. The research suggests greater focus on making sure students have the fundamentals of reading and math down rather than using computers as an easy fix for gaps in learning.
What do you think?