OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

When technology is offered to schools free of charge, it always comes with the promise of improving teaching and learning. It also often comes with a catch.

Thirty years ago, Channel One offered schools nationwide $30,000 worth of audiovisual equipment at no cost in exchange for requiring students to view a daily current events program during class. Commercials, shown alongside educational programming, entered one of the last ad-free spaces in children’s lives. Research showed that students did not significantly benefit from the news programming, and were more likely to remember the content of commercials than the news. 

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