Technology in Class May Not Help Students Perform Better

By Andrew Pillow

Many schools around the country are in a rush to acquire more technology. But a new study shows that the Ed-Tech arms race may not benefit students as much as previously thought.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation conducted a study of learning software. The “adaptive-learning” software was tested with college students. The study found that most of the time, students did not do better academically. The students that did learn more, still didn’t do substantially better.

The study suggested that the implications for the results were not that the software was “ineffective”, but simply that some tech strategies are better than others, and none of them seem to be a magic bullet for student achievement.

 Read the study full here. (via: SRI Education)


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.