When journalist arrives to see your new toy make sure you have a young student available to demonstrate something that looks like education. Bonus points if the student is photogenic and young enough to cuddle. Extra bonus points if the student comes from an historically underperforming minority group.
Sure enough, the story starts with cute, little Angel Chavez, 5, writing his name on the new white board.
Instead of chalk or marker, Angel picked up an electronic pen and scrawled his name, as best he could, across the classâ€™s new interactive white board, a computer screen sensitive to touch that also runs computer programs, streaming videos and Web sites.
Will Angel learn more writing with an electronic pen than he would with a marker or a piece of chalk? How will the teacher use the new board to teach more effectively? That’s not clear, admits the Democrat Gazette reporter.
The (Metiri Group) report found that technology provides a â€œsmall, but significantâ€ boost in learning when implemented carefully.
“Small but significant” is unlikely to outweigh the opportunity costs for the time and money devoted to technology, DeRosa writes.