T4 TURNING TO TECHNOLOGY GLOBAL SURVEY: REVIEWING THE RESULTS
The T4 Turning to Technology Global Survey provides insights into learning process development, due to the changes caused by the spread of Covid-19. The survey will contribute to enabling teachers the opportunity to adapt to the new demands of education. The study offers interesting insights into how students and teachers came across this new education routine.
From Crisis to Evolution
Some of the findings that really stand out are the following: 89% of the teachers believe the experience of teaching during the pandemic made them a better teacher and over half had become more enthusiastic about teaching. The amount of 42% of teachers spent more than 10 days undertaking professional development during the previous year. The most common focus of teachers’ professional development was in using technology tools and resources for remote teaching and learning (53%), followed by pedagogies for online or remote teaching and learning (43%). While at the same time, “the upskilling of the teaching profession worldwide described in this survey, and the reinforcement of commitment and enthusiasm for their craft described by so many teachers offers an immense opportunity as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis and school systems begin to plan for the future.”
Schools’ digital resources
A high amount (88%) of teachers who took part in the survey said they were encouraged by their school to use digital resources for lesson planning and teaching during the pandemic. Video conferencing tools were the type of digital resources that teachers were most encouraged by their schools to use (56%), followed by messaging services and social media (50%) and other video resources (43%).
What teachers want from technology
Teachers have a greater desire particularly to support their training, to improve technology and digital access for marginalized learners, and to promote the teaching profession. In response to a further question on what could support teachers’ practice in the coming year, the first and second most common answers related to digital technology. Support in developing skills and confidence in using digital technologies in teaching was top (54%) followed by help in teaching remotely (41%). When asked what governments should do to address any learning loss experienced by school children during the pandemic, more training was the most commonly chosen option. Three of the top-five ranked choices related to technology-related items.
As it refers in the survey, the pandemic taught us the immense opportunity to education, which is offered by technology to guarantee and enhance the uninterrupted learning of school children across the world, even during periods of global crisis. This opportunity to supplement and enrich education will only grow as more sophisticated digital tools for learning are developed and teachers become more confident and skilled at using them. As SLYLECT seized the opportunity and created ‘Experiences’, a revolutionary tool, made especially to meet the requirements of all teachers and students across the globe. ‘Experiences‘ is an innovative multi-discipline workspace, that provides the user with a lead in ongoing development opportunities. It is an open-source, cross-platform, easy-to-use application, which can drastically change the way education is delivered.