Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

A new study on technology in the classroom reveals that technology in the classroom could be productive in the right hands. Whose hands? The teacher's.

In a study of 15-year olds across Europe, the study found that technology can support student learning outside of school, but has mixed reviews in school.

An article in the Irish Times reported, "Giving students access to e-books, tablet computers and laptops inside the classroom was associated with significantly lower educational performance in the review."

The results were better when the teacher controlled the technology. The report also found that students who had a combination of inquiry-based learning and more traditional instruction had the most favorable results. 

What's the biggest influencer of success in the classroom? Mindset.

The report states that some mindsets are more important than others. The mindset most closely associated with success? Motivation. 

What affects motivation? Often, it's socioeconomic status.

What does this mean? Students from poorer backgrounds generally show a lower motivation mindset, which leads to poor performance.

How does technology fit into this? Students--especially those from poorer backgrounds--will do better in schools where the teacher controls the technology use.

Learn more about education and technology studies.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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