Eight-in-ten principals report that Digital Technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the latest research results from the Digital Technologies in Schools survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust.
Also, over 80% of principals agree or strongly agree that digital technologies, in their school:
- enable access to quality learning resources and information online for teachers (91%)
- offer new opportunities for professional development (89%)
- enable access to quality learning resources and information online for students (89%).
- make learning more relevant and engaging for students (82%).
- enable more personalised teaching and learning (81%).
National and school report cards
This page is a national summary report card on selected key results from the 2016/17 survey. A copy of the complete report (which you can download here) is being sent to every New Zealand school in May. Participating schools also get a confidential report card tailored for each school, comparing its own results with those from schools of the same type.
Future focused learning
The framework used for the survey is based on the key elements of future-focused learning environments, including planning for digital technologies, digital tools for learning, teacher confidence in managing digital classrooms and integration of digital resources with the curriculum. The survey also obtains feedback from principals on learning impacts and barriers to use.
What do future-focused school do differently?
- have an ICT strategic plan that covers more than just the technology infrastructure – access to personal learning devices, change management and a strong underlying pedagogy are equally important for schools seeking to deploy digital technologies to enhance learning outcomes. Smart schools are even consulting their students on the most effective ways to use technologies in learning;
- encourage their students to find ways to access the internet outside the school – preferably in their homes, but in communities where families struggle to afford an internet connection, at public hotspots in libraries and other community facilities;
- support teachers to not only be confident users of digital technologies themselves but also have the skills to manage classes where all students have access to a personal digital device;
- are already starting to see digital technologies having a measurable impact on student achievement;
- engage with their communities using digital technologies.
Is your school future focused?
So, how future-focused is your school? How do you rate in terms of tackling these new challenges? Laurence Zwimpfer, Operations & Development Manager for 20/20 Trust, suggests you compare your school against key aspects in the report card below.
“This represents the average for all schools. If you score in the green zones, you are up with the leaders and understand well the benefits and opportunities for your students. If you are scoring in the orange zone, you clearly know where you want to be and are working hard to get there.”
“However, if you are scoring in the red zones, you might want to consult with other schools in your area about how to lift your game.”
Digital technologies in New Zealand Schools
2017 Report Card
Funding and budgeting
Barriers to use of digital technology in schools
Student access to and use of digital devices
More than eight-in-ten principals agreed or strongly agreed with the following statements about digital technologies and the role they play in their school:
- Digital technologies enable access to quality learning resources and information online for teachers (91% agreed or strongly agree with this statement).
- Digital technologies offer new opportunities for professional development (89%).
- Digital technologies enable access to quality learning resources and information online for students (89%).
- Digital technologies make learning more relevant and engaging for students (82%).
- Digital technologies enable more personalised teaching and learning (81%).
Home access and family support
Teachers’ use of digital technologies
The report card and full report are downloadable from the 20/20 Schools Research page as pdf.