Jared Cooney Horvath

Do computers aid or distract from learning?

In the first column of this three-part series, Jared Cooney Horvath explores whether the technology is a useful classroom tool or does more harm than good

Do computers aid learning?

It may come as a surprise to you, but data has long demonstrated that computers aren’t a great tool for the enhancement of learning.

For example, a 2015 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development review of the impact of computers in education (1) reported “no appreciable improvements in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science in countries that had invested heavily in [computers] for education … Students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in most learning outcomes.”

Similarly, after reviewing 126 research articles exploring technology ...

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