Impact Of Technology On Student Learning

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Common criticism of the use of technology in education is that value is not added to the educational processes or outcomes. Many believe that technology represents an additional cost, extra time lost during teaching and may not properly address the many struggles to improve learning for students. Indeed, many find older versions of computers that have no source of power or the inability to provide basic functionality provides no use for the classroom and would rather teach traditionally. For example, Mike Trucano researched schools in Africa and recognized a school in Kenya who acknowledged they had one computer lab of which the computers laid unused because the school did not have any teachers or students who were trained well enough to use them. Indeed, many studies conclude that “simply putting computers into schools is not enough to impact student learning.”
Another common critique is the infrastructure is weak in many areas in Africa. In South Africa, the entire region shows a great disparity gap in being behind in terms of essential enabling conditions. For example, “…of Africa’s 51 million Internet users, only 11 million are from the rural regions, where 70 percent of the population resides.” “Malawi’s rural-urban divide in access to the electricity grid is very sharp: while 20 percent of the nation’s urban population has reliable access to electricity, only 1 percent of its rural population does.”
Lastly, an additional critique is that technology often becomes
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