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Low-Cost ICT Devices for Educational Systems in the Developing World

Back at the turn of the century, education was gripped by the diffusion of amazing hand-held devices for children. These tools, at first considered an expensive and delicate novelty, soon became standard for every child in wealthy education systems and from there defused around the world to nearly every classroom.

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This is actually a description of slate tablets in the early 1800′s, but it could aptly describe the technological revolution we are seeing in education today with low-cost ICT devices.
The rise of ICT devices

Low-Cost ICT Devices for Educational Systems in the Developing World

Back at the turn of the century, education was gripped by the diffusion of amazing hand-held devices for children. These tools, at first considered an expensive and delicate novelty, soon became standard for every child in wealthy education systems and from there defused around the world to nearly every classroom.

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This is actually a description of slate tablets in the early 1800′s, but it could aptly describe the technological revolution we are seeing in education today with low-cost ICT devices.
The rise of ICT devices

@Mokurai - Do Computers and Internet Access at Home Reduce Student Test Scores?

Here is the best place to find links to research on OLPC XOs in schools. http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_research The research clearly shows that dumping XOs into schools without teacher training and curriculum development matching local needs has only modest benefits and some negatives, while doing it right has not only educational but social benefits. This is in line with research over more than 50 years on computers in education, starting with IBM 360s and rooms full of terminals. The difference today is that netbook computers cost less than printed textbooks, so development of elearning materials under free licenses can improve education and will certainly save money.

Doreen - Do Computers and Internet Access at Home Reduce Student Test Scores?

I am doing some work with eight-year olds in Trinidad, West Indies. Many use their computers for school projects or for games or to search for info on areas they already have an interest in. The use of the computer for their projects are mostly done in away that in some encourage things like cutting and pasting or plagiarism. The computer is a tool and lessons have to be structured to teach children how to use them for research and general learning Use of it should be monitored and regulated. Many parents do not regulate the use of all these devices enough, be computers, television DS the whole lot.

Thomas Grotkjaer - Do Computers and Internet Access at Home Reduce Student Test Scores?

Don’t Jump to Conclusions Most people/academics want to draw conclusions from a new set of data. It is more difficult to publish a study where nothing can be concluded. Most journalists want/need a good story every day, and a good story is usually when something goes wrong. They have a newspaper to sell everyday. That is not to say that these three new research studies contain interesting reading. They bring to light important aspects of using scarce resources within an education sector. But let us not jump to bold conclusions right away.

Saba Musharrif - Do Computers and Internet Access at Home Reduce Student Test Scores?

It is children that we are talking about here and as we all must know, children are always curious. For the child the computer is a new toy (and with interenet access its a whole new world of fun and games), and therefore 'play time' needs to be monitored. When we provide the child with a computer and internet access we are providing them with a whole bunch of options and he will chose that which interests him the most; majority of the children will find English and Mathematics the least interesting. I agree with Christpoher Segots point that the curriculum should be designed to incorporate technology in and out of the classroom.

Ian Lynch - Do Computers and Internet Access at Home Reduce Student Test Scores?

Learning to use computers efficiently is part of working life and most adults with good degrees don't do it well. They are still sending each other Word and Powerpoint attachments when the same information could be indexed and linked into cloud based applications to better effect and at lower cost. There might not be a test score for IT skills but they are important in their own right - if there was such a test most adults would fail it. But teachers are important.

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