UK education system ‘leads the world in technology adoption’

The UK education system is a global leader in the adoption and use of technology in the classroom, with teachers, students and parents actively involved in how devices are used in school, according to new research .

The white paper Capabilities for Success: What’s Working in EdTech Today, by SMART Technologies, found that nearly two-thirds (64%) of schools in the UK are now integrating technology into daily teaching and learning practices, using it to transform teaching approaches and learning outcomes.

The research also found that parents of children aged 4 to 19 in the UK are taking an active interest in how technology is used inside and outside the classroom. More than half (55%) support remote or blended learning and have received the training and tools to support their children. This compares to an average of 24% of parents worldwide.

More than a quarter (26%) of parents of UK pupils are also significantly involved in technology planning in schools and their children’s digital skills, which contrasts with a global average of 16%. Since 2020, this type of family and community engagement has grown in importance.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted many schools to remote online learning to comply with safety guidelines. Despite the return to in-person instruction, research found that more than a third (39%) continue to develop program content that can be delivered remotely. Less than a quarter (24%) of schools worldwide, on average, do the same.

Alongside parental involvement, research has found that UK schools are much more willing to involve pupils in planning for the use of technology in schools. More than half (57%) say their students are involved in decision-making groups and contribute to technologies, content and resources used in the classroom, compared to 40% globally.

Due to this increased adoption of technology in the classroom, UK schools are reporting better outcomes for their students and teachers. More than eight in 10 schools (84%) reported better student preparation in the UK, compared to the global average of 78%. Meanwhile, 76% of UK schools say they have achieved their teaching and learning goals, compared to 68% in the rest of the world.

Schools reporting high results are using a variety of technologies in the classroom, including a significant increase in the use of collaborative software, assessment software, and game-based software, as well as pre-created content, by compared to schools reporting lower overall results.

Over the past four years, SMART Technologies has surveyed over 3,300 education leaders, policy makers, administrators, ICT coordinators and teachers, including around 420 in the UK. It is one of the largest studies available on educational technology adoption and is based on global frameworks and practices such as those of the OECD and ISTE.

Jim Knight (Rt Hon Lord Knight), Director of Suklaa and former Minister for Schools, said: “While the pandemic has changed the day-to-day running of teaching and learning across the world, it has also accelerated changing adoption of technology, curriculum, and other key elements of learning Evidence suggests that technologies such as collaborative software and game-based activities support increased levels student engagement and lead to better results overall.

“The world of work is asking students to complete their education more holistically and prepared for the world of work, with many companies placing more emphasis on non-cognitive skills such as communication and collaboration than on more traditional skills. academic. It is essential that policy changes accompany these needs, along with renewed support for teachers as they navigate new practices and tools.

Giancarlo Brotto, global education adviser at SMART, said: “We’ve been collecting this research for four years, and the UK is proving to be a leading leader in EdTech adoption. It is clear from the data that the use of technology in the classroom is being advocated not only by the schools themselves, but also by parents and students. At a time when education has been pushed to its limits during the pandemic, it has helped introduce engaging new ways of learning and enabled the crucial connections that matter between teachers and students, especially during lockdowns. when face-to-face learning was taken away from students and teachers.