Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools – NYTimes.com
In some sense, this is not a surprising result. If you purchase (educational) technology without an explicit goal in mind, it’s hard to measure a difference later. See Larry Cuban on being “Oversold and Underused.”
In a review of student survey data conducted in conjunction with the federal exams known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nonprofit Center for American Progress found that middle school math students more commonly used computers for basic drills and practice than to develop sophisticated skills. The report also found that no state was collecting data to evaluate whether technology investments were actually improving student achievement.
“Schools frequently acquire digital devices without discrete learning goals and ultimately use these devices in ways that fail to adequately serve students, schools, or taxpayers,” wrote Ulrich Boser, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the author of the report.