Parents grade schools on ICT

An overwhelming majority of Australian adults, 86%, believe it’s important for schools to teach information technology skills, and two-thirds agreed that technology was making a positive contribution to education, according a national survey by Monash University published last week.

The report, Digital Lessons? Public opinions on the use of digital technologies in Australian schools, summarises responses from a representative sample of more than 2,000 and is one of the first studies of national public opinion on the digitisation of classrooms.


We started by testing a largely unquestioned assumption that underpins debates over education and technology – that is, people are generally supportive of the idea of having digital technology in school. This was certainly affirmed by responses to our first item. Here we find two-thirds of the sample (66.1%) in agreement with the statement “On the whole, digital technologies make a positive contribution to Australian public schools”. In contrast, only 6.7% of respondents are in disagreement. This level of support is relatively consistent across all different groups.”

- Digital Lessons 

 

Other key findings include:


  • 37 percent believe ‘Big Tech’ companies - Google, Microsoft, Apple - cannot be trusted to play a role in school technology.

  • 79 percent support schools banning the use of mobile phones while students are in class, while just under a third supported a total ban.

  • 44 percent supported the use of online exams.

  • 79 percent objected to parents having to pay for BYODD (Bring Your Own Designated Device), where the school did not give a choice of device.



 


Topics: Cyber Safety, phone ban, screens in school, classroom management, BYOD, digital learning

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