An investment in edtech is a big decision, at Promethean we understand that as schools continue to feel the pinch of budgets, they need to ensure any expenditure has a positive impact on teaching and learning outcomes. For the last two years we’ve conducted an annual survey among 1,600 Educators across the UK looking at The State of Technology in Education, to gauge how schools are investing in technology and identify any emerging trends regarding the use of edtech.
The 2017 results have shown that most schools now have access to some form of technology, e.g. an Interactive Flat Panel Display (80%), or tablets or iPads (58%), however, there’s some concern around the lack of training. Only 5% of the teachers who responded believe that they have received full training and support for edtech – down from 25% in 2016. Also, less than half of teachers (41%) believe that the level of training they received was ‘adequate’, down by 14% on last years.
Our survey also highlighted that while 100% of headteachers feel that they have a clear edtech strategy in place, 48% of teachers believe that schools are either not allocating enough budget to technology, or are investing in the wrong things. This shows that communications channels between headteachers and staff needs to be improved to ensure the right investment is made.
What does this mean for schools? While it is encouraging that more are engaging in edtech, it shows that there needs to be more support and development available for schools investing in new technologies, either from a central CPD fund or from the tech providers themselves. At Promethean we provide orientation training, completely free of charge to any school with more than four ActivPanels. We also have a group of tech champions we call our Promethean Advocates; these are teaching staff on the ground that use Promethean products every day. The Advocates are available to help guide schools and show them first-hand how to get the most out of their investments, for free.
Nicole Cogbill, from Ysgol Y Ddraig, has been a Promethean Advocate for the last year, and says:
“I attended my first Promethean Advocate Group this year and can honestly say it’s exactly the kind of network I’ve been looking for. Having completed my NQT year where I had the opportunity to put tech through its paces, being able to share ideas with more experienced teachers who also love tech is really valuable. It’s also been timely for me as I’m taking more of a lead on technology in the school, so knowing I have access to an equally enthusiastic community as well as the Promethean team is excellent.”
A full copy of the State of Technology in Education report is now available for download from www.stateofed.tech.