Using tech well in learning is not about giving every student a laptop

Designing a good ecology for learning requires us to integrate new with old technology, think of the student, and provide skilled manpower to support teachers.

Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung recently announced that all secondary school students will have personal learning devices by 2028 and schools will devote more time to teaching students about cyber wellness and digital literacy.

Technology indeed increases opportunities for individualised learning and allows students to access resources outside of school. However, I would like to offer some considerations for thinking about how the investment in technology can be optimised for learning.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2020, with the headline 'Using tech well in learning is not about giving every student a laptop'. Print Edition | Subscribe