Tech-savvy students heading back to school next week with laptops will learn more, but only when their teachers keep up, according to researchers at the University of Calgary.

Researchers Sharon Friesen and Michele Jacobson studied students at the Calgary Science School who were provided with laptops.

“Students learn best when the teachers design activities that were meaningful, authentic and used technology effectively,” said Jacobson.

They said moving towards this system enables kids to become more creative global thinkers.

“We’re trying to move beyond the worksheet mentality to wrestle with big ideas,” said Neil Stephenson, professional development and collaboration co-ordinator.