“2.5 Million Laptops Later, One Laptop per Child Doesn’t Improve Test Scores”*

July 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

Here’s why:

  1. It’s difficult to integrate the use of laptops into everyday classroom practice (slow start-up, short battery life, cumbersome)
  2. The resources that have been developed so far (and I talk principally in terms of maths here) largely aim to replicate or replace the teach–practice–mark cycle that remains typical of most maths classrooms, rather than supplement the good work that teachers already do. In other words, a paper worksheet is replaced by an online worksheet. A teacher’s explanation is replaced by a video explanation.

The innovation of Apple in creating the iPad tackles the first issue, but we need true innovation on the part of educational publishers and resource developers if we are to address the second.



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