Document solutions company, Kyocera, has announced findings of its third annual Education Technology Report, a survey of 350 teachers and over 1,000 students.
According to the report, technology continues to be seen as a differentiator in schools, colleges, and universities across the UK with 62 percent saying their organisation’s investment in technology helped them stand out from the crowd. The most popular request was for more up-to-date computers, seen by 52 percent of teachers and 45 percent of students. Findings suggested however, that UK education institutes lacked the resources to invest in and implement technologies as they could and should be.
Eddie Ginja, Head of Technology and Innovation, Kyocera, said, “the education sector is facing a number of challenges and changes, including a shortage of teachers, insufficient budgets and curriculum alterations. It’s encouraging to see emerging technologies and processes being implemented which can help to alleviate these strains and enable schools to keep up with the fast-paced digital revolution.”
New trends were also requested with 26 percent of teachers and 25 percent of students wanting more use of cloud plus 15 percent of students and 14 percent of teachers requesting BOYD (Bring Your Own Device) options.
The final area focused on was printing with a close 34 percent of teachers and 33 percent of students wanting better quality printing, making it the second most wished for technology improvement in the next year. A majority 69 percent of teachers said they printed on average more than 3,000 sheets of paper per term, showing no signs that digitalisation was to take over.
Eddie concludes, “these findings suggest that the education sector continues to miss out when it comes to realising the potential cost savings from print. There is still some way to go to align Government-led changes and actionable measure to reduce expenditure within schools.”