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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:26

Technology helps time poor teachers to teach


Most teachers say technology in the classroom gives them to spend more time teaching and giving individual attention to students.

A survey by Instructure, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and makers of Canvas, a cloud-based Learning Management System, has found that 80% of teachers says technology makes their job easier, as well as saving them around three hours per week in marking and planning time.

75% said that employing technology for their own and students’ use enables them to spend more time teaching and giving individual attention to students, rather than spending lots of time on lesson planning, marking, reporting and more.

The survey results give credence to the idea that a “flipped classroom” model can work well for both students and teachers, as technology can help students get a head start on learning a subject at home, then use their classroom time for more group discussion and analysis.

Significant numbers of respondents found that using technology to aid their teaching:

  • 53% - it saves them time
  • 77% - makes them more effective as a teacher
  • 64% - contributes to students being able to achieve better results

Technology employed included personal computers, smartphone and tablet apps to create lesson plans, set assignments, grade work, track students’ progress and provide feedback.

More stats

  • 77% think that employing technology in the classroom makes it easier for them to communicate with and relate to their students, however fears remain over how diverting technological devices can become
  • 54% reported that their students get distracted by technology
  • 75% said they are OK with students bringing their own personal electronic devices to class for educational purposes, but in order to stem the tide of unnecessary usage in class
  • 56% said they have instigated a rule of no texting, emailing or use of social media for personal reasons in class.

Looking ahead to the next five years, teachers indicated that privacy will be the biggest issue to tackle in education technology, with security following closely behind.

Troy Martin, director of APAC at Instructure said: “The results of our survey reveal that teachers in Australia feel very strongly that technology is helping them to deliver a better, more interactive and immersive learning experience for their students. However, when it comes to policing the use of devices to make sure pupils stay on track in lessons, the teacher has a new set of challenges to overcome.

“As we see time and again in the schools we work with, the Canvas software has the ability to help foster great teacher and student relationships, which we believe are absolutely key to making any learning program successful.”

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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