What Becta says

21st February 2003 at 00:00
Integrated learning systems were generally seen by students and teachers as being successful at teaching core mathematical and English skills but "only in some instances did this translate into success in tests or examinations", the body which advises on educational technology reported in 1998.

David Wood of Nottingham University, who advised Becta, comments: "The issue is not if pupils learn but what and how .

"Software designers and producers will be encouraged by the positive enthusiasm that the trial schools showed for these systems and the value they placed on them. However, they will be disappointed by the lack of consistent gains."

Professor Wood believes guidance is needed on how to interpret online information and what weight to place on it. The way technology is managed in the classroom affects outcomes.

Becta's report states: "Integrated learning systems have a long way to go before they can receive unqualified endorsement."

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