Students, computers and learning: 5 takeaways from *that* report

karen spencer

It was with breathlessness more suited to the daily rag that the BBC ran the headline Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD while the Register yelled “Don’t bother buying computers for schools, says OECD report”, prompting an outpouring of reaction that, predictably, asserted the opposite.

OECD logoStill, we are sensible professionals who are quite capable of reading the 204 (!) pages of the actual report for ourselves, unfiltered by screaming headlines.

Let’s set aside the hysterics, take a breath and look at this report in measured way, asking ourselves what can educators take from this that is useful.


It’s important to note the constraints of this report:

  • Student achievement data is limited to PISA results, a narrow range of assessments around reading and maths.
  • The data was gathered in 2009 and 2012, as part of the PISA study, and was…

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