This entry by Stephen Dubner highlights a study entitled “Home Computer Use and the Development of Human Capital”, which was conducted in Romania. The importance of technology is usually an undisputed fact, but this study brought up some interesting findings about the “digital divide”.
Basically, if you let kids use computers, their computer skills improve. But in this study, their Math and Reading skills seemed to actually decrease. So what does this say to us as educators?
I think that emphasizing the aptitudes from Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind is the best place to begin. If you recall, Dan Pink emphasizes “high touch” not “high tech”.
It leads us back to the same analogy I have used before: Don’t teach technology. Use technology to teach.
Take a few minutes to read through the Freakonomics column. It might just change some of your thoughts about kids and computers!Share