High-Quality Study Finds Computer Access Does Not Boost College Enrollment, Employment, or Earnings

Two researchers performed a randomized controlled trial -- the best-quality kind of study researchers can conduct -- by randomly giving some college students computers and preventing others from using them for academics. Dr. Jay Greene at the University of Arkansas summarizes the results, also pointing out that this study is better than most on the … Continue reading High-Quality Study Finds Computer Access Does Not Boost College Enrollment, Employment, or Earnings

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Wall Street Journal: More Research Finds Screen Technology ‘Weakens The Intellect’

This blog seems a little tech-obsessed lately. Blame the media (because why not, right?). Recent months have seen a spate of reports on various negative aspects to our society's increasing obsession with screens. This is pertinent here because screens are becoming a ubiquitous part of K-12 schooling, with even kindergarteners given iPads for up to … Continue reading Wall Street Journal: More Research Finds Screen Technology ‘Weakens The Intellect’

New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

Researchers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently conducted a study on the effects of tech use in classrooms by randomly assigning 450 students to one of three sections of the same required economics class: one that permitted laptops and tablets, one that did not, and a control group. Since West Point is … Continue reading New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

Research Increasingly Finds More Screen Time Makes Kids Depressed And Illiterate

The Atlantic recently published a major feature article by big-name author and social science researcher Jean Twenge exploring the effects of young people's constant phone and computer use. In short, her findings are ominous. Here's one factoid from a long-running national teen study: "Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more … Continue reading Research Increasingly Finds More Screen Time Makes Kids Depressed And Illiterate