Books or laptops? The effect of shifting from printed to digital delivery of educational content on learning
Rosangela Bando, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, Inter-American Development Bank, United States ; Francisco Gallego, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile ; Paul Gertler, University of California, Haas School of Business, United States ; Dario Romero Fonseca, Inter-American Development Bank, United States
Economics of Education Review Volume 61, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Information and communication technologies can be used for educational purposes, but these devices may also pose as distractors that may tamper with the learning process. This paper presents results from a randomized controlled trial in which laptops replaced traditional textbook provision in elementary schools in high poverty communities in Honduras. We show that at the end of one school year, we fail to reject that there were no differences between laptop and textbook provision on mathematics and Spanish test scores and in non-academic outcomes related to coding and verbal fluency.
Bando, R., Gallego, F., Gertler, P. & Fonseca, D.R. (2017). Books or laptops? The effect of shifting from printed to digital delivery of educational content on learning. Economics of Education Review, 61(1), 162-173. Elsevier Ltd.