An analogy to that question could be the question “Do pencils improve student achievement?” The answers to both are, it all depends on what you do with them.
Research can be imprecise and difficult to apply.
Tests often do not examine skills that information technology helps students learn.
Students Learn . . .
10% of what they read
26% of what they hear
30% of what they see
50% of what they see and hear
70% of what they discuss with others
80% of personal experience
90% of what they say as they do it
95% of what they teach
Cook & Cook, 1998, as quoted in “Education Insights” presentation by Diana Oblinger, IBM Global Education
What evidence is there that “information technology” helps students learn?
Rephrase the question…
W hat evidence is there that the information technology we want to use—in the ways we propose to use it, for the curriculum we want to teach in the time we have, with the teachers we employ and with the professional development and technical support we can provide—will help our students learn better?”
Information Technology in Education: A Backgrounder for Reporters , ISTE, 1999, <http://www.iste.org/Research/Projects/Background>
Assessing Teaching/Learning with Technology
Is the technology being used "Just because it's there"?
Is the technology allowing the teacher/students to do Old things in Old ways?
Is the technology allowing the teacher/students to do Old things in New ways?
Is the technology creating new and different learning experiences for the students?
How are Stevenson teachers and students using technology to teach and learn?