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Are classroom internet use and academic performance higher after government broadband subsidies to primary schools?

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  • Hyland, Marie
  • Layte, Richard
  • Lyons, Sean
  • McCoy, Selina
  • Silles, Mary

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This paper combines data from a government programme providing broadband access to primary schools in Ireland with survey microdata on schools', teachers' and pupils use of the internet to examine the links between public subsidies, classroom use of the internet and educational performance. Provision of broadband service under a government scheme was associated with more than a doubling of teachers' use of the internet in class after about a two year lag. Better computing facilities in schools were also associated with higher internet use, but advertised download speed was not statistically significant. A second set of models show that use of the internet in class was associated with higher average mathematics scores on standardised tests, but that any association with reading scores was marginal. A range of confounding factors is also explored, with results broadly in line with previous literature.

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  • Hyland, Marie & Layte, Richard & Lyons, Sean & McCoy, Selina & Silles, Mary, 2013. "Are classroom internet use and academic performance higher after government broadband subsidies to primary schools?," 24th European Regional ITS Conference, Florence 2013 88520, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
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    1. Checchi, Daniele & Rettore, Enrico & Girardi, Silvia, 2015. "IC Technology and Learning: An Impact Evaluation of Cl@ssi2.0," IZA Discussion Papers 8986, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Coyne, Brian & McCoy, Selina, 2016. "The Student Perspective on In-school Personal Electronic Devices and Online Safety: A Qualitative Study," Papers WP547, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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    4. Smyth, Emer & McCoy, Selina & Kingston, Gillian, 2015. "Learning from the Evaluation of DEIS," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS39.

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    Keywords

    internet use; primary education; academic performance;

    JEL classification:

    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software

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