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Impacto del Plan Ceibal en el aprendizaje. Evidencia de la mayor experiencia OLPC

Gioia de Melo, Alina Machado, Alfonso Miranda () and Magdalena Viera ()
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Alfonso Miranda: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (México)
Magdalena Viera: Universidad de la República (Uruguay). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración. Instituto de Economí­a

No 13-13, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Instituto de Economia - IECON

Abstract: This paper presents evidence on the impact of the largest deployment of an OLPC program: Plan Ceibal in Uruguay. Unlike previous work in the field, we have unique data that allow us to know the exact date of laptop delivery for every student in the sample. This gives us the ability to use a continuous rather than a discrete treatment, where days of exposure are used as a treatment intensity measure. The treatment intensity varies in many cases across individuals within the same school. Such detail gives us the opportunity to identify the effect of the program net of potential diverging trends among schools. To our knowledge, this has not been done before. Our results suggest that the program had no effects on reading and math scores. This could be explained by the fact that laptops in class are mainly used to search for information on the internet. Our findings confirm that technology per se cannot impact on learning unless teaching is radically transformed.

Keywords: technology; education; impact evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2013-11
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