[LINK] Rudd's laptops send standards backwards
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Jul 20 16:45:30 AEST 2009
At 03:41 PM 20/07/2009, Jan Whitaker wrote:
>At 02:46 PM 20/07/2009, David Boxall wrote:
> > effect on maths and reading scores of gaining a home computer. He
> finds "statistically
> > > significant" evidence that it sends them backwards. ...
>... We all know what a distraction 'new and shiny' can be...
Yes, Jacob Vigdor seems to be saying is saying that giving students a
computer without any further supervision is distracting them from
study. I will discuss this briefly at the panel on Making "social
inclusion" a focus when creating opportunities for participation in
cooperative education programs ACEN Forum, University of Sydney, 20 August 2009
this I suggest the Bradley Review of Higher Education is about as
useful as the government's former GOSIP policy, for the same reason:
they both ignore the effect of the Internet.
One aspect of the federal government's computers for students program
which worried me: the funding seems to be going on hardware and
networking not courseware and training. A computer on its own is not
going to help students learn, they need to have something educational
to do with it. This will particularly be a problem if the teachers
are also distracted having to learn how to work the computer, before
they have enough skills to use it for education.
Even with mature, professional ICT skilled people, such as I teach in
my Green ICT e-learning course
I have to provide a carefully structured program, with timetables,
deadlines and assessment, to keep the students on topic and directed
to the learning task. It is very easy to become distracted and start
heading down some other path. Of course some of that exploration and
discovery is useful, at any level of learning, but the students need
to also achieve the particular outcomes set for the learning.
the Digital Divide: Home Computer Technology and Student Achievement
by Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd and Jacob L. Vigdor - Duke
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