Gerry Shiel: We need to learn more lessons about using computers in schools
In my opinion....
The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment( PISA) report, Students, Computers and Learning, published yesterday, is based on data collected in 2012. It describes the performance of 15-year-olds on computer-based tests of reading (digital reading) and mathematics, and on student usage of computing devices at home and at school.
As reported in 2013, Ireland ranked eighth of 32 countries on digital reading, with a score that was significantly higher than the average, but significantly lower than the four highest-performing countries (Singapore, Hong-Kong China, Korea and Japan). Ireland's performance was helped by strong print-reading skills and efficient browsing and navigational skills among our students.
Ireland ranked 19th on computer-based maths, with a score that was not significantly different from the average. This was lower than on print-based maths where students in Ireland performed significantly above the average. Ireland's performance on computer-based maths reflects the difficulties students in Ireland experience with mathematical problem solving in real-life contexts, as well as insufficient practice in using computer tools to solve such problems.