Because there is so much information covering such a wide range of issues we have endeavoured to break this into more manageable chunks for you. So – depending on what you’re looking for you can find it more easily. Whether this is “topline” information or in-depth research we aim to find it and make it available here.
In order to inform the development of the new Digital Learning strategy in Scotland, the Scottish Government commissioned ICF Consulting Services to undertake a full literature review. This review was published in November 2015 and is therefore the most up-to-date review we are aware of; and, having considered nearly 1,000 documents worldwide, is also the most comprehensive. We will publish a full precis of the review later. The review found overall that, as long as certain criteria were in place, that there was “strong evidence that use of digital technologies can aid learning and teaching, as well as enhance the ability of some children to learn effectively.” In particular the review found that there is:
- Conclusive evidence: that digital technologies can support educational attainment in general;
- Indicative evidence: that it can support educational attainment in literacy and help close the gap in attainment between groups of learners; and
- Promising evidence: that digital technologies can provide assistance to overcoming the challenges faced by some learners; improvements in employability skills and knowledge of career pathways; improved communications with parents; and time efficiencies for teachers.
The full Scottish report can be read here.
Before you move into our library of research and supportive evidence the information below looks at the topline areas of Benefit, Challenges and Considerations and particularly those identified by Techknowledge for Schools through their research.