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

The Hechinger Report
May 14th, 2018
Publication Author: 
Lisa Petrides and Douglas Levin
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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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