proclaiming that digital technology holds the golden key to unlocking students motivation and engagement.
It’s like a deafening drumbeat: Every child should have a laptop. Every child should have an iPad. Textbooks are finished. Online education is the future. And teachers? Well, they would be a nice extra. Failure to comply, we’re often warned, would weaken our schools and cripple the nation’s ability to compete in the 21st century.
As a result, huge amounts of cash have been spent in an effort to deliver countless digital tools to classrooms across the country. Far from abating, the level of enthusiasm seems to increase with every new technological advancement.
But maybe it’s time to step back and actually assess the actual evidence about the limits – and successes- of technology in the classroom. What really has been delivered in the way of improved student learning?