The Digital Technologies in Schools research programme provides critical information on the state of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure development and the use of digital technologies in schools. The programme has run since 1993, and provides a comprehensive time series of data that spans some 21 years. The 20/20 Trust has coordinated the survey since 2005.
Some key points from 2014 Survey:
- 73% of schools had an ICT Strategic Plan for the development and use of digital technologies by school staff and to support student learning.
- 56% of principals reported that more than half of all students had access to a personal digital device for learning.
- 94% of schools reported that students are using online learning resources and/or online learning games.
- Only 3% of schools reported that every student in their school has home internet access.
Regular nationwide survey of schools
The main tool of the programme is a nationwide survey of Digital Technologies in New Zealand Schools, carried out every two to three years. A consistent underlying methodology and set of key questions enable trends to be measured, whilst non-core questions reflect current issues, continual changes in ICT and the objectives of the research partners.
Clear, detailed reports present the results and can be freely downloaded. The 2014 report includes school ICT planning use of digital technologies for learning, especially personal digital devices, internet access and safety, Te Reo Maori learning resources, impact of digital technologies on learning, expenditures on digital technologies, procurement and disposal, school network management and community engagement using digital technologies.
2014 Survey results
The 2014 survey was shorter and simpler than in previous years, and schools were able to provide responses online or on paper. Two questionnaires collected data of broad interest about school ICT infrastructure and digital technologies for learning. Unlike in previous years when a representative sample of schools was invited to respond, the 2014 survey was open to all schools. A total of 2463 schools were invited to participate and 619 responded. 494 completed the Principals’ survey and 302 completed the Equipment survey.
The results of the survey were published on the web on 24 October 2014 and a printed copy sent to all schools. Schools that participated in the survey also received a confidential Report Card, comparing their responses with the average for schools of a similar type.
All schools that returned the completed questionnaires by Monday 7 July 2014 were entered into a prize draw for a set of ten HP Chromebooks; the lucky school was Chertsey Primary School in mid Canterbury. A second prize draw of five HP Chromebooks was won by Wesley Primary School in Auckland.
A .pdf of the 2014 Report can be downloaded from Digital Technologies in School 2014 FINAL.
For the first time, the underlying data are also published as sets of tables, enabling schools and other interested parties to carry out their own analysis. There are four data sets: two each for the principals and equipment data sets (a numeric version of each and a version that has the text labels of categorical responses). The data dictionaries are intended to assist anyone wanting to convert the numeric data sets into a SPSS, SAS or Statistica format, as well as provide unweighted frequency counts so researchers can check their conversions. Researchers should use the weight variables to make any analysis comparable with the results in the published report and to adjust for the number of primary and secondary schools in New Zealand.
Research results useful and used
The survey provides a trusted information base for policy development by the Ministry of Education as well as a useful benchmark for individual schools. The results of the survey are published on the web and a printed copy is sent to all schools.
Download page for earlier Digital Technologies in Schools research; printed copies can be provided on request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 20/20 Trust has coordinated and disseminated the research since 2005. The Trust has initiated school digital technology projects since 1996, starting with NetDay and continuing with Living Heritage and Computers in Homes. We have a strong research and evidence-based approach to all our programmes’ initiation, management and reporting.
The actual survey work has been carried out by Research New Zealand since 1994. The research is supported by a number of partners from government and business. Partners for the 2014 survey include Hewlett-Packard New Zealand, InternetNZ, Microsoft, the Ministry of Education, Research New Zealand, Te Puni Kokiri, Whats Just Changed, The Science Learning Hub at Waikato University, Network for Learning and Chorus.