A study of a large sample of U.S. public schools suggests that Chromebooks have contributed to the improvement of students’ learning, while Chromebooks also seem to be able to help teachers manage classroom workloads.
The findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The researchers used data from the 2016 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which assessed student performance on standardized tests in grades 3 to 8 and 10.
They analyzed data from 1,928 elementary and secondary schools and found that students in the schools using Chromebooks had significantly lower levels of absenteeism and reported lower grades in math and reading in the year after the first use of the devices.
In addition, students who reported being able to use their Chromebooks to study for a standardized test in a week increased their test scores by an average of 12 points.
The research also showed that Chromebook users reported fewer complaints from teachers about classroom workload, decreased teacher turnover and improved teacher-student interactions.
The authors suggest that Chromebook use might be a positive change for teachers in the classroom because Chromebooks help teachers work faster and be more productive.
“The impact on teacher performance was also related to the student’s level of education and test scores, which was positively related to student absenteeism,” they wrote.
While the research does not directly address Chromebooks as a potential replacement for traditional textbooks in classrooms, the researchers suggest that this type of research can help educators decide whether they want to adopt Chromebooks or not.
The National Science Foundation’s Office of Science, Engineering and Technology Education supported the research.
Source: PLOS One