The inaugural EdComs Teachers survey – the results are in!

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In our very first EdComs Teachers survey we asked for your views on teaching resources, the computing curriculum and technology. Over 100 of you responded and this what you had to say:

Teaching resources
Sharing teaching resources is commonplace with many of you finding out about new resources from other teachers. In this digital age, it’s hardly surprising that the vast majority of you email colleagues links to resources or save things on to the school network or VLE for others to access. However many of you still like to give your colleagues traditional printed resources.

You are also a resourceful lot, regularly saving online teaching resources, either on a school or personal laptop/computer, for use at a later date. Those which are most useful tend to be kept for up to 5 years (if not more!)

Computing Curriculum
Just over half believe that your school was prepared for the introduction of the computing curriculum in September. However of those of you who felt prepared, only a minority are very clear about the requirements of the computing Programmes of Study. Overall, it appears that very few teachers are clear about the requirements of the computing Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum.

Less than half of you stated that a specialist teacher will be teaching the new IT curriculum. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those teachers who stated that their school is prepared for the introduction of the computing curriculum this September are more likely to teach in schools where computing is delivered by specialist teachers.

Technology
The lion’s share of teachers still experience regular technology issues when trying to access online resources at school. Many of you said that access to certain websites, e.g. YouTube, is prohibited and a number reported that downloading content is prohibited by your school. Compatibility issues with the school system, being unable to stream videos and poor internet connectivity are also common.

Nevertheless, teachers are an engaged online presence: more than half of you use social media for professional purposes and the vast majority go online to find out about new teaching resources.

These findings, which suggest that there are significant technology needs still to be addressed in schools, support the results of a recent British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) survey. The report revealed that reliable Wi-Fi connectivity is becoming more of a priority for schools than broadband access, driven by the demand for tablet devices. With a shift from whole-class use of ICT to independent and group learning using laptop and tablet computers, the demand for continuous Wi-Fi access on site is increasing. Yet 65% of primary schools and 54% of secondary schools reported inadequate Wi-Fi networking.

One business helping schools to address these needs is Samsung. The Digital Classroom initiative aims to increase access to technology and digital learning in the classroom by providing primary schools in some of the UK’s most underprivileged inner-city areas with devices, training and technical support. With the government looking to close the UK's digital skills gap and the recent introduction of the computing curriculum, education and the use of technology in schools is becoming ever more important - this is just one example of how businesses are working effectively with schools to bridge the digital divide.