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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RE: the OECD Report September 2015, it is time to read the full report

...and not just to concentrate on some critical headings from "between the lines" which have been published the last couple of days in all kind of media all over the world.

The OECD has recently published the report entitled "Students, Computers and Learning: Making the connection". This report has caused quite a stir - both in popular media and in professional and academic circles. But what does it actually say? What are the conclusions we should draw from it? What are the consequences and implications we should expect?
Read the full report here



The  report discuss: Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences. Based on results from PISA 2012, the report discusses differences in access to and use of ICT – what are collectively known as the “digital divide” – that are related to students’ socio-economic status, gender, geographic location, and the school a child attends. The report highlights the importance of bolstering students’ ability to navigate through digital texts. It also examines the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance in the PISA assessment. As the report makes clear, all students first need to be equipped with basic literacy and numeracy skills so that they can participate fully in the hyper-connected, digitised societies of the 21st century.

OECD (2015), Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection, PISA, OECD Publishing, Paris. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264239555-en


View the presentation from OECD A. Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills below:


Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection (Andreas Schleicher, (Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills) from OECD Education

One simple conclusion can be summarized as: You can’t think about technology for learning in isolation from teachers.


For some people this report might be the evidence that computers do not improve learning. For other people the findings of this report might prove that teachers still luck the skills to use technology in classroom in an efficient way. Few people can also say that this research has just shown that there is no bad technology but only bad teachers or, from another perspective, what makes technology work is a brilliant teacher and nothing more!

For sure the research findings of the OECD report have been interpreted in different ways and have caused quite a stir - both in popular media and in professional and academic circles. But what does it actually say? What are the conclusions we should draw from it? What are the consequences and implications we should expect?

The report has been commented by some experts at the OPEN EDUCATION EUROPA. You can contribute and join the OPEN debate about the OECD report: Digital technology in schools is it a "benefit" or a "burden"? Follow the link and contribute to the  public debate, and make  your voice heard!

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