Major OECD report shows that computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results



OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher explains that computers had somehow ‘raised too many hopes for teachers’ and that investing in school computers does not guarantee improvement of pupil’s results.

Good old writing

The report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows us the impact of investing in school computers on international test results such as the Pisa test that is held in more than 70 countries worldwide.

In the long run it turns out that school who heavily rely on computers for their pupils to do complete tests and work on assignments no noticeable improvement compared to children who make use of good old handwriting.


Although the average amount of time spent on the internet by pupils seems to be growing worldwide (see graph), Mr Schleicher tells us that the impact on students performance because of this is mixed at best.

Or maybe just an outdated curriculum?

It has to be noted though that many school who do invest heavily in technology often still make use of an outdated curriculum from a time where the internet didn’t exist.

Taking this into consideration, computers may not always improve students results in a classical sense, they do actually help them prepare for the ever increasing need of digital communication in both school later on in working life.




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