The basic premise of the article (http://goo.gl/L6e1q
) is that technology (e.g. laptops for every student) does not raise standardized test scores. I think this is well-established and has been known for some time. So I agree we should not be implementing technology if our goal is to increase standardized test scores. [If that's our primary goal, we should probably be giving lots of practice tests and drilling our kids on the types of recall and knowledge on those tests.]
Instead, I think we need to be implementing technology because our children will be entering a work-world which rewards flexible, creative, fluent use of digital tools, as well as collaboration and adaptable self-learning (see: http://goo.gl/I2ODL
). I think these are the types of skills we need to try to measure with new standardized assessment tools (e.g. CWRA: http://goo.gl/Mfi0h
There is some good research that indicates students do more and better writing when composing on computers, and it's hard to argue with the value of the internet for research and communication purposes (see: http://goo.gl/lsCB1
So the bottom line is we need to be intentional in our investment of technology dollars to support our educational goals. The first step is to clearly define what those goals are.