Students Who Are Tested in a Context Differing Significantly from their Instructional Environment Do Worse

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Mar 22, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

David Wiley hits on another news article describing that Woessmann-Fuchs study that suggests computers do not support learning and makes a good point about methodology: "Why would we be shocked or surprised to find that kids who spend more time with paper and pencil outperform their high tech peers on paper and pencil tests??? If the tests had been administered on computers, which group would have been the top performer?" The news report itself merely repeats without criticism the claims made by Woessmann-Fuchs and the editing is sloppy enough to leave some factual errors in the story.
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