The good, the bad and the ugly: Technology and 21st Century Learning.

International Education Today

There are many in the world of education (not to forget the corporate powerhouses in the technology industry) who believe that the world was re-created on 1st January 2000 but it is necessary for educators to recognize that there is not a single story and to think critically about the place of technology in our schools. Tom Bennett, the recently appointed advisor to the UK government on issues relating to behavior in schools, has pointed out that schools have been «dazzled» by computers. This would seem to be true of the international sector with schools scrambling to introduce one-to-one programs and the growing influence of Google, Apple and Microsoft. This is particularly worrying in the light of Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s education director, reporting that» Those students who use tablets and computers very often tend to do worse than those who use them moderately.»

Technology has become part of life and schools have…

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