In this day and age, technology plays a key role in our everyday lives. We now live in an era where people are so consumed by smartphones, tablets and computers, which is shaping how we communicate, shop and work. As these technologies have evolved, so has their adoption rate – particularly in schools.

By embracing technology in the classroom, it is entirely transforming the way that schools teach, and the way children learn. The use of tech during class means that tech can be integrated into everyday learning and lesson plans, opening new methods of learning.

Online training providers, Theknowledgeacademy.com, sought to find out how valuable technology is in the classroom. According to a recent report by Smoothwall, a staggering 96% of teachers believe technology has had a positive impact in the way children participate and learn in lesson. A further 56% of respondents in their survey said that pupils were noticeably more engaged when technology is used.

The Knowledge Academy also found the following highlights from the report:

·         49% of teachers admit tech has made them more efficient at planning and giving lessons – a third claim it makes marking easier

·         54% of teachers said tech allows them to plan more varied and exciting lessons

·         According to 53%, technology makes the classroom more vibrant and fun

However, using technology in the classroom hasn’t been met without disapproval. The Knowledge Academy identified from the report that a third of teachers are worried about using technology in class because they are concerned they cannot control what each child is doing whilst in use. Adding to this, more than one quarter of teachers are concerned about children being able to access inappropriate material online.

As a result, Theknowledgeacademy.com sought to find out what parents think about the use of technology in school. The Knowledge Academy surveyed 5,279 parents around the UK.

Questions included:

1.      “Do you think tech has a positive impact on your child’s grades?”

2.      “Do you believe using technology in class is a distraction?”

The survey found that, altogether, parents are happy for their children to use technology in the classroom.

64% of parents assert that tech has become more integrated into the way teachers teach and students learn, with 93% believing technology is a valuable tool in student learning. However, it must be noted that only 1 in 3 parents believe schools are doing an “excellent” job using technology for this purpose. A further 68% say technology has increased their ability to help their children with school work.

Advertisement

Further results reveal the following opinions from parents surveyed:

·         91% of parents say tech has made it easier for them to be involved with their child's education

·         78% of parents using technology to monitor their child's grades

·         46% play educational games with their children daily to consolidate what their child has learnt during the day

Despite all the positives, 35% of parents think their children are already inundated with too much tech access every day, and 19% think classroom technology use is a distraction that hurts the quality of their child’s education.

Sophie Thomas, a parent from London, said:

“In our current digitally-driven world, it is vital that students become familiar with technology from a young age. Children will learn the skills and knowledge that they must have to thrive in our fast-moving society.”

She added: “I must admit I wasn’t so keen on the idea of my child using technology frequently in the classroom, and was one of the parents that complained about the idea. However, now I have seen it in action, it has had a positive impact on the way my daughter is working. Being more interactive and hands-on has allowed my child’s grades to improve significantly.”

Joseph Scott, a spokesperson for The Knowledge Academy, said:

“The nature of teaching and learning has become much more collaborative in recent years. And now, with the rise in technology available to schools, we are stepping into a whole new world of innovation and creativity – with technology the possibilities are endless.”

He added: “There is no doubt that tech has had a positive impact on the classroom, both for students and teachers. The traditional methods of teaching are disappearing, as technology, if used correctly, can better engage students and help teachers, and parents, monitor their progress more effectively. Ultimately, the use of technology in the classroom should help to ensure children leave school with better qualifications, suited to a world where technology is so crucial.”

Marie, a secondary school teacher from Bristol, said:

“With pupils, these days having a plethora of devices at their helm, it makes a lot of sense to tap into this world and see how they can be combined. Whilst the norm does tend to be that smartphones should not be used during teaching hours – we need to change this approach and consider how they can be utilised to aid pupil’s development.” 

She added: “I personally want my pupils to use readily available apps and websites that allow them to select answers or vote on options to questions I create on topics we have been learning in class. This will not only make lessons more fun, but inject some enthusiasm to those pupils who often find lessons boring and not engaging enough.”

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Advertisers

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page