In the last year, school and teaching have taken an absolutely unexpected direction. Technology has become the undisputed protagonist in the world of education. The pandemic has accelerated the need to build online learning paths and today teachers, students and educators use digital media on a daily basis . Prometehan's report on the relationship between technology and school 2022/2023 is a snapshot of the school structure of the last 12 months and gives a voice to 1500 people, including teachers, school leaders, IT managers and other professionals operating in the sector, collecting the opinions and experiences about the state of technology in the school system.

The relationship between teachers and technology

Technology is a tool that can facilitate teaching. 77% of the teachers interviewed are convinced of this, and an even higher percentage, 82%, agree or fully agree that it is a great way to engage students . When it comes to technology and education, however, the attitude towards these types of resources also counts. And in this regard, school leaders are much more predisposed than teachers. In fact, 65% of principals say they are positive about technology, and report a commitment to the use of digital tools, while among teachers this percentage drops to 50%.

Online lessons and interactive monitors: the most popular tools

Net of the methods of implementation of Distance Learning, schools seem to have responded positively (54% of schools) to the opportunity that technology has offered to make the contents of the lessons available online. On the other hand, the response to the possibility of virtually bringing experts into the classroom was different (only 8%).
Among the technologies most used in the classroom is the interactive monitor , used by 67% of teachers, a significant percentage that makes us understand the extent of change within the classroom.

On the other hand, another fact to take into consideration concerns the fact that almost one in two teachers (48%) say that technologies often do not work properly and their use is in some cases more of a problem than an advantage. In this case, training on the combination of technology and education is required. Although 61% of teachers still agree that staff have full training and the necessary support regarding educational technologies, 24% believe they do not have the necessary skills and 19% say they do not have time to learn to take full advantage of it. Lack of preparation is therefore still a major obstacle to the spread and use of educational technology, and it is therefore important to have a greater dialogue between managers and teachers to understand how to structure training courses and what their needs are.

The perspectives of Edtech and the action plan for digital education 2022/2027

Technology is an integral part of the present and especially the future of education. In fact, 86% of teachers say that these types of resources will continue to be used in combination with traditional teaching methods. In particular, 73% believe that the use of online content and resources will show significant growth over the next three years.
The pandemic has led to the opening of unprecedented and unexpected scenarios and "to learn from the COVID-19 during which technology is used on an unprecedented scale in education and training and to adapt education and training systems to 'digital era ”the European Commission has drawn up the“ Digital Education Action Plan 2022-2027”Which outlines the vision“ for high quality, inclusive and accessible digital education in Europe ”through two strategic priorities.

The first concerns the promotion of the development of a highly efficient digital education ecosystem, through the creation of infrastructures, the planning and development of digital skills, the involvement and training of teachers and staff, and the elaboration of high-quality learning content. quality, easy-to-use tools and secure platforms. The second priority concerns the development of digital skills necessary for digital transformation, from literacy to the development of more advanced skills. Hybrid classes, teachers trained for online teaching, digital devices in classrooms, represent the new frontier of teaching.To learn more about how teaching and learning methods are changing, the course of Professor Maria Ranieri Educational Technologies is available on History, theories, methods and applications .

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