A furious backlash has erupted in response to a damning report by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which claims that IT has failed to deliver benefits to schools.
Despite the government's £1bn commitment to increase the use of information technology in schools, few teachers make full use of computers in the classroom, according to the ESRC funded research.
Professor Rosamund Sutherland, who led the research, said that the benefits of IT were "over promised and under delivered".
The research covered 10 institutions and explored how ICT is used in English, history, geography, modern languages, science, music and mathematics.
It concluded that many teachers lack the confidence in the technology needed to make learning more effective.
One supplier hit back at the implication that IT suppliers have failed the education sector.
"They have not given it enough time. It is not a miracle cure," said Bob Jones, managing director of Equiinet, which provides comms and computing equipment to schools.
He argued that the ESRC has done nothing but point out the obvious lesson of technology. "It's a teaching aid. The cultural changes take a little longer," he insisted.
Jones added that he is worried about a buyer backlash. "If you had a short sighted administration obsessed with targets and spin, it might be tempted to pull the rug from under us," he said. "But IT is a long-term project that should pay dividends in the future."
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