::fibreculture:: OECD releases a new report ..

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Wed Apr 21 06:14:52 CEST 2010

Fwd: OECD releases a new report on technology use and educational 
performance in PISA

Dear all,

The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, in cooperation 
with the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry and with 
the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Education, has just released a 
new report on technology use and educational performance using PISA data.

The report "Are the New Millennium Learners Making the Grade?" analyses 
to what extent investments in technology enhance educational outcomes.

One of the most striking findings of this study is that the digital 
divide in education goes beyond the issue of access to technology. 

A new second form of digital divide has been identified: the one existing 
between those who have the right competencies to benefit from computer 
use, and those who do not. These competencies and skills are closely 
linked to the economic, cultural and social capital of the student.

This finding has important implications for policy and practice. 

Governments should make an effort to clearly convey the message that 
computer use matters for the education of young people and do their best 
to engage teachers and schools in raising the frequency of computer use 
to a level that becomes relevant. 

If schools and teachers are really committed to the development of 21st 
century competencies, such an increase will happen naturally. And only in 
these circumstances will clear correlations between technology use and 
educational performance emerge.

Browse it at:


As we have now started the preparations for a new edition using PISA 2009 
data, your comments and suggestions for improvements will be extremely 


Francesc Pedró

OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Cheers Tony
Stephen Loosley
Registered Teacher

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