The impact of digital technology on learning

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Front cover of reportI recently saw the following piece of research – “The Impact of Digital Technology on Learning” – pass across my desktop, via DERN (the Digital Education Research Network).


In their intro to this report, DERN states:

“Taking into account the scarcity of rigorous research into the benefits of teaching and learning with digital technologies, [this is] an excellent systematic and comprehensive review. [It] reports on research between 2000 and 2012. It cited 48 studies of the attainment benefits for students aged between 5 and 18 years.”

A review of the exec summary highlights some interesting – and possibly surprising – conclusions. They certainly make the point that drawing a causal link between achievement and the use of technology is a long bow. In several of the studies they reviewed, the use of technology produced slightly lowereffects on achievement than other interventions such as learner feedback:

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