09 Oct '11, 10pm

Software in the Classroom: Does It Really Improve Students' Learning? | Care2 Causes

Teachers and students offered “some of the most heartfelt online tributes ” at the passing of Apple co-founder and innovator Steve Jobs . The Mac’s graphical interface takes well-deserved credit for helping to convince educators in the 1980s to introduce computers in the classroom, and to younger and younger students. Today, schools and teachers “integrating technology” into learning has become synonymous with improving student achievement. The Case of Carnegie Learning’s Software That technology can make a difference in students’ academic performance is not just assumed. You could say there is a bit of a blind faith that computers, software and the like will, just by using them, raise test scores. But two federal reviews of the flagship math-teaching software, Cognitive Tutor , of Carnegie Learning, have shown that using it had “no discernible effects” on the standardized...

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