[caption id="attachment_42375" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Technology can have a detrimental effect on student performance if not coupled with educational programs. Copyright: Nevit Dilmen."]Technology can have a detrimental effect on student performance if not coupled with educational programs. Copyright: Nevit Dilmen.[/caption]

Two researchers at Duke University have published a draft study that raises questions about the academic value of giving students home computers and broadband internet access. Their study has led to a flurry of media coverage, with some reports trumpeting the study’s findings as evidence that efforts to close the digital divide are counterproductive....

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