One Laptop Per Child Program Fails to Improve Math and Language Skills to Students?
The “One Laptop Per Child” has started in 2007 aiming to give out almost a million affordable and durable units in countries all over the world to develop students’ learning skills. It had increased the cognitive abilities of the students and also taught them to be familiar with the basic uses of a computer. However, some conducted studies showed that in this program, the students’ learning skills in some areas haven’t quite evolved.
In the study done by the Inter-American Development Bank with 319 primary schools in Peru, after 15 months of laptop usage, it was found out that the Math skills and Language test scores didn’t improve. Also, laptop PCs didn’t make learning, schoolwork or reading more appealing to students.IDB says that the program haven’t received enough guidance on teachers in educating the learners the learning benefits of these devices.
However, one of the positive effects, mentioned by IDB, is that the ratio of the capability of the students to access the computer had increased. Also, more students and household members were able to have access to the computer, growing their computer literacy.
Learning through technology advancement using computers is good, but without proper guidance and discipline, it may give out a few negative effects to recipients. Perhaps next time, they could improve the program by adding helpful applications that will really enhance learners’ skills, to promote more positive results in the future.
via the verge