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‘The pen is mightier than the computer for learning’

Pencil-and-paper assignments beat online projects in raising primary pupils’ progress, study suggests

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Pupils make substantially more progress in literacy if they follow a pen-and-paper course than if they take a similar programme online, new research has found.

Researchers working with pupils in 51 primary schools found that those following a paper-based literacy programme made 50 per cent more progress than those doing an identical course on a computer.

The academics believe that the offline course made it easier for the teaching assistant supporting the pupils to be more adaptable and flexible to the children’s needs.

Other experts said that the difference in results could be down to the ...

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