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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:47 pm 
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THE vast sums governments spend buying computers for schools might be better spent on hiring more teachers and buying more books.

That's the conclusion of Thomas Fuchs and his team at the Ifo Institute for Economic Affairs in Munich, Germany, who looked at the academic results of 100,000 15-year-olds in 32 countries. Frequent use of computers makes "no discernable difference" to students' academic performance, Fuchs told a meeting of the Royal Economic Society in Nottingham, UK, this week. The team suggests that computers may be displacing more effective chalk-and-talk teaching methods, and using up cash better spent on books or teacher training.

However, Olive Forsythe, a spokeswoman for the UK's National Union of Teachers, doubts the finding. "For instance, the teacher-controlled interactive whiteboards that are being introduced are proving to have enormous teaching benefits," she says. In a statement, the UK's Department for Education and Skills said, "It is the way IT is used which makes the difference, not its mere availability."



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     Post subject: Re: School computers may be overrated
    Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 1:34 pm 
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      Post Number:#3  PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 10:46 pm 
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        Post Number:#4  PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 12:20 pm 
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          Post Number:#5  PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 4:22 pm 
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            Post Number:#6  PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 5:58 pm 
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            I still think it looks really cool even if it isn't Sonic the Hedgehog. I have never seen a bike like that before. Any ideas who manufactures it? Have you still got it?

            Here's another really cool piece of technology I have sitting on my desk.



            It's a Facility Phone 200. The top of the range all singing all dancing telephone sold by BT in the late 80s. Features include one-touch memory, a clock, a call timer, a calculator, a display of the dialled number, and an amplifier. Note the old style BT logo.



            The green vacuum fluorescent display looks really freaky in a dark room.


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              Post Number:#7  PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:15 am 
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                Post Number:#8  PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:11 pm 
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                  Post Number:#9  PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 10:13 pm 
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                  I find it rather strange that nobody seems to have spotted a parallel between school computer suites and those console language laboratories that almost every secondary school had back in the 1960s and 1970s. These console language laboratories were heralded as state of the art teaching technology when they first came out. In reality they consumed vast amounts of money both installing and maintaining them, whilst producing only a marginal improvement in the academic performance of most students. Much time was wasted in lessons trying to get the equipment to work properly or rectify minor faults.


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                    Post Number:#10  PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 8:46 am 
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                    One of my secondary schools had a console language laboratory. I started in 1988 and it was no longer used because it was broken beyond repair. It was stripped out and scrapped some time in the early 1990s. The room later became an IT suite for learning languages.


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