ICT use in European schools – survey results

The Survey of Schools: ICT in Education, BENCHMARKING ACCESS, USE AND ATTITUDES TO TECHNOLOGY IN EUROPE’S SCHOOLS (here PDF 163 pages) was published last week by the European Commission.

Thirty-one countries in Europe were surveyed.

Ireland was a participant and Mr. Tom Lonergan of P.D.S.T. Technology in Education (formerly the N.C.T.E.) coordinated responses from Irish schools.

Lonergan presented some of the findings at the Inaugural National Digital Education Summit in Dublin recently. Ms. Patricia Manson, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning Unit, European Commission also drew attention to the survey at the same event.

There are eight chapters in the report, book-ended by an outline of the methodology used and some preliminary conclusions.

The Executive Summary (p.9 – p.20) is worth printing out in its own right.

The chapters are

1. INFRASTRUCTURE PROVISION
2. USE (AND NON-USE) OF INFRASTRUCTURE
3. ICT-BASED ACTIVITIES
4. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONFIDENCE IN USING ICT
5. SCHOOL POLICIES, STRATEGIES, INCENTIVES AND SUPPORT
6. ATTITUDES AND OPINIONS
7. TRENDS OVER TIME
8. PATTERNS AND PROFILES

There were three survey points categorised as

Grade Four (Primary School aged 9.5)
Grade Eight (Lower Secondary School aged 13.5)
Grade Eleven (Upper Secondary School aged 16.5)

and it was from these groups that data was collected from schools between September and December 2011.

Reflective analysis of the results from Ireland’s point of view will take a while. I am simply dipping my toe in the water! I will deal with one result for this blog posting. I am aware that taking one piece of information can be skewed, but nevertheless, it indicates that we use, what ICT infrastructure we have, reasonably well.

The finding is from Chapter Two [USE (AND NON-USE) OF INFRASTRUCTURE] regarding Teachers’ use of ICT in more than 25% of lessons.

Ireland comes out in first place at Grade Four, second at Grade Eight and seventh at Grade Eleven.

Grade Four (Primary School aged 9.5)

 

Grade Eight (Lower Secondary School aged 13.5)


 

Grade Eleven (Upper Secondary School aged 16.5)

 

Nonetheless the Survey states

Almost all teachers at all grades have used ICT to prepare lessons and more than four out of five have used ICT in class in the past year, an increase since 2006. However, percentages of teachers using ICT in more than 25% of lessons are either stable or in decline at all grades since 2006 (p.17).

Food for thought.

All graphs above are screen-shots from the report.

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