The importance of Digital Technology in Schools
In the last five years, UK schools have spent more than £1 billion on digital technology. From interactive whiteboards to tablets, there is more digital technology in schools than ever before. But so far there has been little evidence of substantial success in improving educational outcomes.
The changing nature of the economy makes it essential that children on leaving education enter the workforce with the appropriate levels of digital skills to enable the UK to remain both competitive and leading-edge. However, there appears to be a fundamental issue that threatens this, namely our teacher’s inability to utilise hi-tech kit that is at their disposal to enhance the learning of their pupils. A November 2012 report from NESTA entitled “Decoding Learning” said that whilst there is clear evidence that technology can boost learning, lack of training and understanding of modern technology amongst the teaching workforce is preventing this from occurring.