20 Nov '11, 9pm

Do schools really need more tech?

Local and international schools alike here are putting more PCs in classrooms and expanding technology usage dramatically. In some classrooms, even students in primary school use iPads and other gadgets. The problem is, using all that technology may not have increased students' learning. Some teachers with new iPads and PCs or other gadgets may spend more time using or learning the technology and have less time for teaching the basics, like reading and writing and arithmetic. And while students can find more information, they may also be distracted from deeper learning. One teacher here that I spoke to summarised it well. While students find technology engaging and interesting, she said, teachers find it challenging to come up with meaningful, engaging and effective ICT lessons. In some cases, she added, it can be difficult for teachers to be mindful about lesson goals and...

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