Survey finds 50% of 8-11th grade students in EU using technology in the classroom
Students and teachers have unprecedented access to educational technology and their opinion about its value and impact is overwhelmingly positive, according to the Survey of schools: ICT in education, based on over 190,000 responses from students, teachers and head teachers in 27 European countries.
- Around 50% of students at grade 11 are in highly equipped schools (e.g. with high equipment levels and fast broadband), but percentages differ widely between countries.
- Students are more confident in their digital competence when they have high access to ICT at home as well as at school compared to students having high access only at home.
- Students use ICT most frequently during lessons when they are taught by digitally confident and supportive teachers, regardless of equipment levels. Even so, students use ICT for learning more outside than inside school.
- Teachers and school heads are positive about ICT use – for retrieving information, doing exercises and practice, and learning in an autonomous and collaborative way – and about its impact on students’ achievement, motivation and transversal skills.
- Around 70% of students are taught by teachers who have learnt about ICT in their own time. Most teachers still use ICT first and foremost to prepare their teaching and fewer use technology with students in lessons.
- All materials produced in this survey, including the data set, are freely available and can be accessed at https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/node/51275
- Watch the interview with Patricia Wastiau at http://fcl.eun.org/fcl-interview-series
- Access the Survey section on the eun.org website.
- Follow the survey findings on twitter: #ICTinSchools
- Article in the European Journal of Education