Billions Wasted on Technology in the Classroom With Nothing to Show for it

From the NY Times:

Grading the Digital School

In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores

So they put 33 million into high tech …..

Hope and enthusiasm are soaring here. But not test scores.

Since 2005, scores in reading and math have stagnated in Kyrene, even as statewide scores have risen.
To be sure, test scores can go up or down for many reasons. But to many education experts, something is not adding up — here and across the country. In a nutshell: schools are spending billions on technology, even as they cut budgets and lay off teachers, with little proof that this approach is improving basic learning.

It seems all those millions they’ve spend on technology like smart boards and e-readers and iPads for every child have had no effect on improving student learning. They have, however, cost millions of taxpayer dollars and increased local taxes to cover those increased expenditures.

Why is this relevant to us in PWC Va? Because our district schools are investing millions to bring the latest and greatest technological fad to our schools. Every classroom is expected to have smart boards and high school libraries are supposed to have interactive boards so that students working in teams can view the same materials. But there isn’t any evidence that any of these “latest and greatest innovations” have actually improved student learning.

Before we spend another penny on technology shouldn’t we ask for evidence that those investments actually improve student learning? Just a thought…..

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