Digitization is also deeply transforming the education sector, but many schools and universities struggle to keep up with growing innovation. This is what Fujitsu‘s study, “Road to Digital Learning”, provides, which provides a framework for digitization in the field of education, based on a survey conducted by more than 600 IT overseas teachers of various degrees and degrees of seven countries: Australia , Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
While school institutions have high expectations about using digital solutions to make teaching more personalized, interactive, and collaborative, many schools are slowed by old IT systems and lack of resources. Most of them are far from being able to invest in advanced technologies such as cloud-based applications, virtual reality, or increased – having to fill important gaps first.
The vast majority of schools recognize the role that technology plays today in supporting child education and the creation of equal opportunities. Almost 94% think that personal learning is “important” or “very important”, and 84% think they have the duty to prepare their students for a digital future. At the same time, schools, colleges and universities are under increasing pressure to meet parents and students’ expectations and remain competitive. More than three-quarters (77%) of the institutions hope to become a digital excellence center over the next five years. But in many realities, digital learning is still far from getting started: about 87% of primary and secondary schools still do not provide devices for students, and where they do, an average device is shared by three children.
Teachers are struggling to keep up with technologically advanced students
While acknowledging their digital ambitious goals, more than half (51%) of respondents admitted how difficult it is to keep up with technological change, in a scenario where students are more digital than teachers. More than half (54%) of respondents – IT managers of various schools – rated digital literacy of students and students as “excellent” or “good”, 88% argued that improving the digital skills of teachers should Be a priority for the next 12 months. This means supporting teachers in learning more and more digital teaching methods, experimenting with new technologies such as the cloud.
One of the main challenges for schools is infrastructure. Low network connectivity, dated hardware and software are a problem for those who need to find the right mix of devices, infrastructures and applications. Only 46% of respondents believe that they have the best possible devices available to their school in relation to their predetermined educational goals and show that one of the main problems associated with the devices is that, if they are tough students or not having adequate security systems, they break Or hurt easily.
The level of access to new technologies is a priority for 97% of IT managers in the education sector and nearly nine out of ten schools recognize the need to focus on revising or improving the reliability and robustness of their devices and systems . However, limited budgets and IT resources curb more than half (54%) of reality. At present, funds are mainly allocated to basic technologies. For example, 87% said they wanted to invest in their wireless networks over the next 12 months.
Ash Merchant, head of the Fujitsu Education Division, said: “Digital technology offers so many opportunities for the world of schools, including greater personalization in teaching, process independence through access to additional resources and collaboration between students, Teachers and parents. Connectivity, simplicity and security are fundamental, but as our survey shows, many school institutions are faced with very different realities. They often have to give priority to securing the funds needed for routine activities, placing investments in digital in the background. We want to help schools, colleges and universities to simplify their work. It is not just about providing technology and devices, but also preparing teachers and students to work in a digital environment. Fujitsu believes that only through continuous collaboration between the technology industry and the school system can reduce the gap in digital learning. “