Education software does too work — if it’s used, writes Gregg Downey of eSchool News. A federal study that found students who used software didn’t learn more than a control group is “half-baked,” Downey argues.
At one point, the study itself reveals this astonishing fact: “For a typical 180-day school year, average daily usage is about 10 minutes for all products combined.”
Hmm … Using math or reading software for 10 minutes a day doesn’t boost test scores.
That leads to another question: Why should schools spend $2 billion a year on technology if it’s only used 10 minutes a day?