Digital whiteboards, computers boost pupils results
Putting technology such as whiteboards and computers in schools helps students perform better, according to TV presenter and populariser of maths Johnny Ball.
Mr Ball lent his support to the governments Next Generation Learning campaign to put technology in the classroom, pointing out that with a digital whiteboard even a cabin classroom becomes “a world library”.
He said: “The money is being spent to put technology and IT into schools. Its there: the whiteboards, the computers. A good fifth of schools are utilising it to such an extent that their results and their standards are just going up and up, its wonderful.”
And, as well as improving childrens results, including technology and electronic learning resources in the classroom boosts childrens workplace preparation, he added.
As the workplace becomes more and more oriented around technology, employers look to their recruits to be able to deal with equipment and familiarity developed at school is an invaluable asset.
Mr Ball said: “If you like, its the first time that education has also been vocational training, because every job these days involves technology in some form or another. The more kids use technology in the classroom, the more adept theyll be at going into the workplace.”
Author: Adfero Ltd 18 January 2008