Providing schools with more computers is only worthwhile if teachers relinquish some control of learning, according to researchers.
This is the conclusion of the Aberdeen University team behind the Highland Future Schools Project, which provided laptops to teachers in two Highland secondary schools and to pupils in one of the schools.
In a paper presented to last term's Scottish Educational Research Association conference, the researchers say pupils must have more control of ICT if their learning is to be "empowered". Teachers ought to acknowledge the ICT skills that pupils have developed from personal use, and if pupils are given their own computers in school, there should be an expectation that they will be used in most lessons. Teachers should also increase the areas of the curriculum that use ICT, rather than confining it to the existing curriculum, say the researchers.
The recommendations come after research showed the computers in the Highland project were not used as extensively as they could have been.