Students, computers and learning: Where
is the connection?
Published online: 17 November 2017
The report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) in 2015, titled: Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection,
has drawn considerable worldwide reaction on what appears a dismal reality: com-
puters do not improve student results. Despite the limited data and sources it used, the
report voiced the challenges many countries’ school systems face in finding more
effective ways for teachers to integrate information and communication technology
(ICT) into teaching and learning in their classrooms to provide students with learning
environments that support their learning needs of the twenty-first century. Our school
systems have been investing in every way they can in use of ICT to improve education.
However, have they invested effectively to ensure that teachers are at the forefront of
designing and implementing ICT-integrated pedagogical methods in their classrooms?
This Special Issue of the Journal intends to promote making the connection between
use of ICT and evidence-based learning and practice. The articles you will be reading
may not represent the state-of-the-art of ICT use in education today. Nevertheless, these
articles reflect the efforts the educators around the world have made in pursuing
effective use of ICT in their teaching practices, as well as in identifying the issues
educators are still facing today in their pursuits. These articles also reflect our improved
understanding about the pedagogical value of ICT, and particularly, the future of ICT-
integrated education that still requires much exploration.
A prevailing way to make a connection between ICT and learning is to use
educational software to facilitate learning and teaching about difficult concepts and
skills. Use of educational software could reinforce knowledge acquisition and retention;
and it is particularly effective for learning languages by non-native speakers. The article
authored by Barley Mak et al. reports a study about the impact of a software program
used for learning English as a second language (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-017-
9620-3).The study found that the software helped students improve their language
Educ Inf Technol (2017) 22:2665–2670
* Chenglie Hu
Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, USA
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2017