Digital learning boosts exam results

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A new state of the nation report, examining the use of technology and digital in the classroom, has revealed that a quarter of teachers believe digital learning boosts exam results by at least one grade.

The online research, which was carried out by YouGov, reveals that more than a third (35%) of teachers questioned now use technology (from laptops to tablets and interactive whiteboards) in every lesson. In fact, over a quarter of teachers (29%) said their school now allows pupils to use their own smartphones or tablets during a lesson for learning purposes.

The ‘Generation Tech’ research also revealed that more than a third of teachers surveyed (35%) believe that using technology and the internet in the classroom unlocks creativity and a quarter (25%) think that exam results can improve by at least one grade. 14% of teachers surveyed also think that video-conferencing (e.g. Skype) should be an option for parent’s evening.

Teachers in the South West are amongst the most embracing of technology in the classroom – teachers surveyed in the region are the most likely to say their school allows students to bring their own smartphone or tablets into the classroom, and teachers in the region are the most likely in England to think that using technology can improve exam results by at least one grade.

The research also found that:

  • More than half of teachers surveyed (58%) said that faster broadband would be likely to improve their ability to teach
  • For the second year, interactive whiteboards and desktop computers/PCs remain the two most used pieces of technology used in the classroom (77% and 68% of teachers who use technology in the classroom respectively said they use them) but the use of tablets has increased the most since last year (up 7%, from 31% to 38% of teachers saying they now use them in lessons)
  • 31% of teachers who use technology in the classroom said they will use technology more often this academic year than the last
e-Learning Update
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