Digital tools can help students learn maths and science, especially when used alongside a variety of teaching methods. But improvements in learning outcomes also depend on the type of learning environment.
This finding comes from a major round-up of research from the last twenty years. The work was carried out by a research team from Ludwig Maximilian University and the Technical University of Munich. The team set out to clarify how the use of a wide range of digital tools affect learning outcomes in maths, chemistry, biology, and physics – subjects that students often struggle with.
The study confirmed that digital tools appear to help secondary school students achieve improved results and develop more positive attitudes towards STEM learning.
“Our findings suggest that digital tools are most effective when teachers use them in addition to other teaching methods – in other words, to enrich their teaching practice,” says researcher Sarah Hofer.