Does Computer Technology Affect Learning?

Computers in Schools: Money Well-Spent, Concordia University Study Says

This article shows a study that was done to show whether or not computer technology has a positive impact on student’s learning. According to the article, a 40-year retrospective study concluded  that classrooms where computers were used had a “small to moderate positive” impact on learning and student’s general attitude.

Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article?

Answer 1: Personally, I am not the biggest advocate of technology- in or out of classrooms. However, after reading this article, I realize that my personal opinions should never affect or hinder my future students’ learning. I was glad to see that Schmid had said, “If the technology is used solely as a content provider- for example, if iPads are used as alternatives to books- then there won’t be any positive impact”. I believe that children should know what a book is and how it works but lately it seems that technology is about to take over the book business. This article does, however, show that students are able to test better, by using headphones to block out noise. I believe that this is extremely important, as testing is different for every individual student.

Q2: How will the issue help or hinder student learning?

Answer 2: As stated previously, this article proves that computer technology does in fact help students, if not only by a little bit. After reading this article, I have realized that it is important to have technology readily available to students who may use it to their advantage.

Q3: What limitations or criticisms of the idea are important to consider?

Answer 3: A specific limitation is the fact that the teachers need to stay ahead of students in their knowledge of the technology being used. For many, this requires additional support to teachers who need the assistance with the newest technologies. However, overall, it is important to keep updated technology in the classroom to provide each student with an equal opportunity for learning.

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One Response to Does Computer Technology Affect Learning?

  1. edu290blogs says:

    I was actually surprised to see the comment from the 40 year retrospective study that classrooms where computers were used have a “small to moderate positive” impact on learning and student’s general attitude. There has been such an enormous push towards technology integration in classrooms so such a statement seems contradictory.
    From that comment I read the article and what I came to find is that they are now going further into the study to figure out how it can make a positive impact. This to me says that technology in the classroom has not been a waste, it has to evolve into useful tools.
    It is also interesting to me to hear a perspective that is not exactly pro-technology. I would say that we will never lose books, they will just be electronic, reducing paper waste and hopefully reduce costs. I do think that it is important to keep in mind that technology is going to be used in the classroom, and as you have pointed out, teachers need to stay ahead of students in their knowledge.

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