Published On: Tue, May 3rd, 2016

Providing laptop to students can boost learning



Rewards are essential to enhance the outcomes in every field and similarly a new research study has suggested that schools and educational institutions that give every student with a laptop computer and also the suitable support for both students and teachers, they considerably witnessed the improvements in academic achievements.

The researchers of the study analyzed more than 15 years of studies on “one-to-one” laptop programs and discovered that these programs that take a wide-ranging approach were connected to elevated test scores in English, maths, science, and writing, in company with further advantages.

Binbin Zheng, who is the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of educational technology at Michigan State University in the US, stated that “In the past couple of decades, one-to-one laptop programs have spread widely, but so has debate about whether they are cost-effective and beneficial to educational outcomes,”

Zheng further continued by saying that “I believe this technology if implemented correctly, is worth the cost and effort because it lifts student achievement, enhances engagement and enthusiasm among students, improves teacher-student relationships and promotes 21st-century skills such as technological proficiency and problem-solving,”

The results presented in the journal Review of Educational Research.

Moreover to improved scores on standardized tests, the advantages of successful laptop programs involve an improved writing process.

Zheng further added that “Students received more feedback on their writing, edited and revised their papers more often, drew on a wider range of resources to write and published or shared their work with others more often,”

The researchers assessed almost 100 academic studies on tête-à-tête laptop programs dating back to 2001, though just 10 of the studies were scientifically adequately scrupulous to employ in a statistical analysis in the paper.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.