This New York Times opinion piece by Susan Pinker wisely questions the role of technology in improving achievement.
All Together NowThe results are in and — surprise! — computers are not the panacea they are touted to be.  Pinker points to research showing a decline in achievement among disadvantaged students once they gained access to technology.  Why? Pinker speculates that many students use the technology for web surfing unrelated to school. She also highlights the ways over-reliance on technology can weaken social skills.