Tool or toy? How our teachers really feel about tech

The Apple iPhone was launched in 2007 and less than 10 years on, the Pew Research Center Global Attitudes Survey puts smartphone ownership at 79% (Australia), 77% (US) and 72% for Canada and the UK[i]. For many of us, life without this connected device is becoming hard to imagine.

Technological changes like these have the potential to transform our lives, both personally and professionally. So how are these changes impacting our teachers, the places we learn and the student experience?

In 2016, we ran the first ever global Navitas teacher technology survey to find out more about our teachers’ usage and attitudes towards technology.

Questions we wanted to explore included:

  • How are teachers currently using technology in their personal lives and in our colleges?
  • What encourages teachers to adopt and integrate technologies into teaching practice?
  • What are teachers looking for in terms of support, inspiration, and innovation in learning technologies?

After analysing over 1,800 responses from our colleges around the world, our data-soaked brains are buzzing, not only from the number-crunching but also from the conversations we’ve been able to have with teachers and academic managers about what these results could mean.

The summary below gives a brief taste for some of the findings from the research. Hear more detail and analysis in this webinar recording.


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