Britain is leading ICT revolution

22nd April 2005 at 01:00
Surely you could have pointed out that your article "Hardware with a hitch" (TES, April 1) was based on a report that was not specifically, or even largely, about computer use in UK schools?

Though published by the UK Royal Economic Society, this study of international student data was produced at the University of Munich. As the use of computers in teaching varies widely in different countries, it is not possible to relate its conclusions to a specific country.

Few countries, perhaps none, are as advanced in using computers in education as the UK. Teachers here report a great deal of learning improvement, but much of this is not yet being captured by formal research.

Where are the studies of how well young people can work online or use multimedia?

British studies have shown the correlation between improved results and schools that make effective use of technology.

I can think of several reasons why students with computers at home appear to perform less well. Perhaps they have the clearest view of how out-of-date and irrelevant the educational approaches of their country are.

Roger Broadie Chief executive, European Education Partnership99 High Street, Chatteris, Cambs

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