Modern pupils stuck with ‘old school’ techniques will be less skilled, say teachers

September 10, 2012

Modern pupils stuck with ‘old school’ techniques will be less skilled, say teachers

Survey finds teachers are being forced back to the blackboard due to inadequate training or support on classroom AV technology

    • 60% of teachers face problems with unreliable AV equipment while 37% lack the training to use it
    • 37% of teachers haven’t seen an upgrade to AV technology in their classroom in at least three years

Eight in ten (80%) UK teachers think audio visual (AV) technology in classrooms is extremely important, but nearly two-thirds (60%) face problems with unreliable equipment and over a third (37%) don’t have the right training to use it, according to a survey by Casio Projectors. 

The study, undertaken on behalf of Casio by independent research house, Vanson Bourne, spoke to 100 teachers at primary and secondary schools about AV technology. 

Although 82% said AV technology empowers more interactive learning and 50% said pupils leave school with better skills as a result, 42% of respondents said they don’t get adequate technical support to operate the equipment. 

“Teachers are clearly keen to use technology, but aren’t being given the opportunity to use it in their classrooms as schools seem to be ignoring the potential and leaving equipment to gather dust,” said Tim Gould, Head of Marketing at Casio Projectors. “The vast majority of teachers see the benefit but are being forced back to the blackboard by schools that are ignoring the modern teaching tools.” 

Despite being at the forefront of delivering the lessons, 42% of teachers are not involved in classroom technology purchasing decisions at all. As a result, 45% of teachers felt their school didn’t invest enough in AV equipment and 37% hadn’t seen an upgrade to the technology in their classroom in at least three years.

When asked about the effects of AV technology on learning, 77% of teachers also said there is greater lesson enjoyment, and 60% said the technology drove greater classroom participation.

Catherine Marchant, Director of Corporate Relations at Young Enterprise, which helps students in schools to set up their own real businesses, said: "We are seeing more and more young people harnessing the power of technology to create their own successful companies. It is vital to ensure that students are technologically-savvy so that they have the edge when they enter the world of work.” 

“This study showed that decent AV technology in classrooms doesn’t only create more enjoyable lessons and more engaged kids, it empowers advanced learning and ultimately produces more skilled individuals,” added Gould. “It seems odd that we live in an age where pupils are going to immersed in technology from day one in their first job, but their teachers are still struggling with old school problems – problems that could affect the skills our future workforce are leaving school with.”