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Press Release: Tech toys move from living room to classroom - 12 January 2011

Naace is delighted to reveal the initial findings from a survey developed by Naace and  Intellect and supported by RM.

The survey was undertaken by members of Naace and associates, customers of RM, associates of Intellect and TeachFirst teachers.

Visit the Naace Stand at BETT, J42, to discuss the findings with colleagues and find out about how Naace is making waves in 2011 to address the needs of schools.


- For immediate release -


London, Jan 12, 2010: More than 50 per cent of education professionals believe that pupils’ mobile phones, iPods, and Xboxes will become part of the teaching tool kit in the next five years, a survey released today says.

Teachers, school leaders and local authority advisors said they expect the personal devices used by their pupils to become as much a part of the classroom as the home and become incorporated into lessons.

The survey into how education professionals view the use and importance of ICT in education was carried out by Naace and Intellect, with the support of RM. The results come as the technology in education trade show BETT kicks off.

The survey also revealed that 60 per cent of those surveyed said their school had nowhere near enough technology or could benefit from additional technology, while more than half said they needed more training in the use of technology.

Other headline findings included:

1.       Education professionals are convinced of the value of technology in education

-          Over 90% of respondents consider technology as either an “essential” or “useful” teaching tool, with over 75% identifying it as “essential”

-          Over 80% of respondents consider technology is either “essential” or “useful” for engaging with pupils and parents outside of school, with approximately half identifying it as “essential”

2.       There is a clear divide between schools in their ability to use technology effectively

-          Over 50% of respondents also see their school as using technology only “somewhat effectively” at best

-          Over 60% of respondents said their school could “benefit from some additional technology” or “has nowhere near enough technology”

-          42% of respondents report that their school is engaging effectively with pupils outside of the school

-          35% felt that their school engaged effectively with parents

3.       Many education professionals feel they could benefit from more training in the use of technology

-          Over 50% of respondents say that they would “benefit” or “benefit greatly” from additional training, and a further 20% think further training would be helpful but it’s not at the top of their priority list

4.       Pupils’ own devices will be incorporated more and more into school lessons in the near future

-          Over 50% see pupils’ personal devices as playing a “large role” in five years’ time.

Phil Hemmings, chair of the Intellect Education Group, said: “These findings are a clear indicator that ICT is now a fundamental part of the education landscape. Education professionals view it as a key teaching tool and an important way of communicating with pupils and parents. However, there is still much work to be done.  Many professionals would like more training and the results of our sample indicate that further investment in technology is still required.”

Roger Broadie, member of the Naace Board of Management, commented: "It's clear that there is a divide between the schools now helping pupils to learn effectively with ICT and those still struggling with the changes that the use of ICT in society has brought. This divide needs to be addressed urgently through professional development activities such as Naace's ICTCPD4Free courses, which help the teachers less expert in incorporating ICT in their pedagogy to learn from what the best schools are doing."

NOTES TO EDITORS

·         277 people responded to this survey.  We will be examining the results in greater detail and will publish a more in-depth analysis in March 2011.

·         Intellect is the UK trade association for the IT, telecoms and electronics industries, representing 770 member companies from SMEs to large multinationals, which account for approximately 10% of UK GDP. For more information, please visit www.intellectuk.org

·         Naace is the ICT association. It is a community of educators, technologists and policy makers who share a vision for the role of technology in advancing education. Naace members include teachers, school leaders, advisors and consultants working within and across all phases of UK education.


·         RM is an Naace Sponsoring Partner of longstanding. See www.rm.com for company details.

Press Release: Tech toys move from living room to classroom - 12 January 2011
Press Release: Tech toys move from living room to classroom - 12 January 2011