Sep.
30 2015

Canadian Teachers and Students Want More Technology in Classrooms

September 30th 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canadian Teachers and Students Want More Technology in Classrooms

The Learning Partnership Releases New Study Examining the Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning in the Class Room
 
TORONTO, ON, September 30, 2015 – Technology has had a drastically changed the way the world functions – including, in the classroom. The question is not whether to accept technology as a teaching and learning tool, but rather to what extent – and, how to effectively use it.  That is one of the key findings in Emerging Technologies, Evolving Education, a new Canadian study published by The Learning Partnership. The study also highlights findings on 21st century learning, parent and student perceptions, and challenges in infrastructure. 
 
“We are excited that our report adds a new element to the discussion around the integration of technology in education, said Akela Peoples, President and CEO, The Learning Partnership. “Canadian students are among the best in the world in digital literacy and digital problem solving.  Our report speaks to the elements that make technology in the classroom effective and how we can improve that effectiveness.” 
 
A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development also talks about how technology is most effective in the classroom when it is used to develop skills similar to those that adults are using in everyday life, such as finding resources, critiquing arguments, communicating with peers, solving problems and working with data.
 
The Learning Partnership conducted a year-long study examining the impact of technology on teaching and learning in the class room. The data was collected from 40 schools representing each province and territory who received $20,000 worth of classroom technology through The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program.  The grant allowed schools to get classroom technology, like tablets, laptops, cameras and interactive whiteboards, and provided training for teachers.
 
The report examines issues and challenges schools face while integrating new technology; perceptions around technology in education; and, the impact of technology on the education experience for students and teachers.  In total, 5715 surveys were completed by four different groups across Canada – school leaders, teachers, students, and parents / guardians.
 
“This report demonstrates a transformation in teaching and learning across Canada and that is good news for everybody,’ said Gerry Connelly, Director of Research, The Learning Partnership. “This will not only improve student success and engagement, but it will also better prepare our young people for the 21st century workplace and help keep Canada competitive in a rapidly evolving global economy.”
 
 
The report’s four major findings:
1. The education community in Canada is ready to embrace technology in the classroom.
2. Integrating technology positively impacts the learning experience.
3. Educators are utilizing the technology in innovative ways.
4. Integrating technology in the classroom poses three key challenges:
  • Lack of effective training and support for educators
  • IT infrastructure complications
  • Lack of time to learn and adopt new methods
 
Read more:
Report: www.thelearningpartnership.ca/emerging-technologies-evolving-education
Executive summary: www.thelearningpartnership.ca/emerging-technologies-evolving-education-summary
Infographic: www.thelearningpartnership.ca/emerging-technologies-evolving-education-infographics  -
 
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About The Learning Partnership
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables - innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.1 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs. For more information on The Learning Partnership, visit www.thelearningpartnership.ca.
 
For expert interview requests, please contact:
Lindsay Angus, Media and Communications Manager, The Learning Partnership
(416) 440-5124 | langus@thelearningpartnership.ca