Survey: 70% UK Schools Use Tablet Computers

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According to a new study, around 70% of the primary and secondary schools in United Kingdom use tablet computers regularly.

The study included a representative sample from 671 state and independent schools. It was commissioned by Tablets for Schools, an education technology charity. It was headed by Dr Barbie Clarke from Family, Kids and Youth.

Even though it was found that 70% schools use tablets, there was no clear indication that using tablets lead to pupils’ academic improvement. During the study, many pupils expressed that they carry their internet-enabled device to bed and continue social media conversations.

The immense growth of tablet computers in classrooms was a clear sign that young people are engrossed in technology not only at home, but at school too.

68% of the primary schools and 69% of secondary schools use tablets, but tablets are still not a main feature in many of these educational institutions. Only 9% of the schools  gave all the pupil their own tablet device.

Academy schools encourage most intense tablet use than the independent and other state schools. Even though tablets have become a part of a large percentage of United Kingdom classrooms, 45% of the institutions which are not using it have no plans to introduce the devices any time soon.

Over the next 2 years, it is expected that number of tablets in schools will increase from 430,000 to 900,000.

Family, Kids and Youth’s Dr. Barbie Clarke, who led the study, discussed the future of technology for education. She said

“The type of device might change, but it’s not going to go away. It will almost seem ridiculous if some of them are not using technology.”

Dr. Clarke used to work with the University of Cambridge’s education department previously. She added that it is not possible to form a conclusive connection between tablet and improved results. This is because the researchers cannot really isolate technology’s impact as an improving factor. According to Dr. Clarke, head teachers from different schools reported a positive impact.

There is evidence that tablets motivate those pupils who might otherwise stay disengaged in class activities. Also, when the pupils take their tablet computers home, their involvement with families seem to increase.

Dr. Clarke strongly believes that the role of technology will soon see a significant increase in schools. She added:

“The type of device might change, but it’s not going to go away. It will almost seem ridiculous if some of them are not using technology.”

Another study conducted by the National Literacy Trust and Pearson was published on Monday. This study results said that the touch-screen computers were helping boys and poorer students to learn to read. It was indicated that children from poor families are more likely to read on their touch-screen computers than on printed books.

Both the studies stress on the fact that online technology has become an important part of the young generation’s daily life. In fact, 25% secondary school students described themselves as internet addicts.