We’ve certainly seen a positive uptake of free online learning support from the educators we work with, plus a drive to connect and personalise teaching and learning in services such as ActiveLearn.
Lifelong skills beyond the classroom
Having recognised the internet’s educational benefits – better connections, faster communication, tailored engagement – many teachers would like to see the use of digital tools extended beyond lessons too. Indeed, nearly a third want digital tools and events through which they can engage with parents.
What’s more, with flexible working now higher than ever in UK and global businesses, the increased presence of the internet in education is also a boon for students’ in preparing for the future. In our Future of Assessment and Qualifications research:
- 93% of parents believe that being able to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create and communicate information is an important life and work skill.
- 74% of 14–19-year-olds and 76% of 19–24-year-olds also recognised this as a vital skill they’d need in the future.
Encouragingly, in our #DigitalClassroomSurvey earlier this year, educators reported that 81% of teachers and 64% of students in the UK had improved their digital skills over the course of the pandemic due to online lockdown learning.
To sustain a positive trajectory, and build on the current momentum in education, those of us with internet, enjoying related benefits, have a duty to consider those without. In February this year, we committed to doing this through the Computers for Kids initiative, and our commitment has not stopped there. Advocating for equal internet connectivity, addressing the digital divide, identifying areas where devices and accessibility can be improved – all are essential steps to take as edtech moves forward, and aims to support every learner.
From two Californian computers, to millions of pupils in schools throughout the UK today; one small step to one giant leap. By working and learning together, the aspirations of generations can soar ever higher.