Can home computer improve children's academic performance?
For most children and teens using the Internet, watching television or staying on the computer has become in a common behaviour. This explosion in the technology has promoted the necessity to equip every house with computers and every classroom to the Internet. However, many children still don't have access to such services. Do computer really make a difference in student's learning outcomes? Can use technology boost children' academic achievement?
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Yes, when used with a particular purpose or goals. Computers teach children how to find information or images which helps with research for school projects. However, a very important skill that students begin to pick up when they are young is typing. Being able to use the keyboard is extremely helpful all the way through school and beyond.
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A bit of a loaded question.
Let me rephrase the question.
_ Can (any device) improve children's academic performance?_
By wording the question as such, it should become apparent that the focus of the question is solely on the device … and its ability to deliver "x" … but that can't be correct. No device is going to improve anyone's performance at anything without some clear idea of how to measure or qualify the improvements that can be made because of it. The same was said about television when it first came out. No one now would be caught alive saying the "television" can improve children's academic performance. It just isn't that simple. Most of us would answer .. "well it depends on all sorts of factors .. not least of which is what the child's watching on the television".
The real focus should be on what needs to be in place to improve a child's academic performance. That new focus sure makes it a little bit more challenging and complicated to answer but it will almost certainly yield a more comprehensive and thus more meaningful answer. It would almost certainly involve reviewing the following .. whatever the device is. Is "X" ….
- engaging (content / design is interesting, holds the child's interest)
- relevant (content / design is meaningful to the child)
- culturally appropriate (relates to relevant .. but puts added focus on culture)
- age appropriate (focus here is on the level of language and appropriate skill level for a child to master)
- repeatable (focus here is on how useful what is being learned so that it can be done again .. and better yet, perhaps further mastered)
- transferable (focus here is on how useful what is being learned .. so that a child can and will be tempted to used it again and preferably in new situations)
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Without doubt if it is used to enhance and support the work that is going on in school. I would recommend identifying applications that encourage creativity and engagement. Get involved with what they are doing.