Headline Madness: Myths & Misrepresentation!
Sample News Headline:
Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report entitled: “Students, Computers and Learning: Making The Connection”
“Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences. Based on results from PISA 2012, the report discusses differences in access to and use of ICT – what are collectively known as the “digital divide” – that are related to students’ socio-economic status, gender, geographic location, and the school a child attends. The report highlights the importance of bolstering students’ ability to navigate through digital texts. It also examines the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance in the PISA assessment. As the report makes clear, all students first need to be equipped with basic literacy and numeracy skills so that they can participate fully in the hyper-connected, digitised societies of the 21st century. “
This headline does not bash technology. It suggests that we need to have a reasoned approach to its implementation.
Those of us who have been immersed in this field of educational technology for nearly four decades have been advocating for the approaches described in the report. So let’s not be blaming the technology or disregarding the incredible potential of technologies embedded within a rich pedagogical approach!
Other Media Headlines!
The OECD headline is a far cry from many headlines around the world which inferred a totally different set of findings! Here are some samples of the damaging misrepresentations from the international press.
- The Telegraph: Technology in classrooms doesn’t make students smarter
- The Irish Times: Lack of computers in schools may be a blessing – OECD report
- Wall Street Journal: Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results, OECD Says
- The Register: Don’t bother buying computers for schools, says OECD report: More access to technology has ZERO impact on 15 year-olds’ maths, science scores
Help us Out!
Come on reporters, editors and publishers!! Help us out here!
This one just ticks me off.
Empower Your Students!
And, teachers, all the more reason to empower your students to be both media and digitally literate!
- 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy: What Research Tells Us…
- Digital Citizenship (OSAPAC)