PISA Study Results Show Large Disparity in Classroom Access to Technology & Highlights Importance of Digital Skills for Teachers
The results of the 2015 PISA survey have been published by the OECD, featuring a focus on science, with reading, maths and collaborative problem solving as minor areas of assessment. The study also featured questions on technology in schools. PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment), which is conducted by the OECD, surveyed over 500,000 students, and evaluates education systems around the world.
In 2015’s study, head-teachers were asked to state how many computers they had, and how many were connected to the internet. It found that there were substantial differences in the computer to student ratio between different education systems, with countries like the UK, Austria and New Zealand having at least one computer per student, while countries like Albania, Tunisia and Algeria have less that one computer for every five students.
The study also backed up previous research by the OECD that argued that investing in computers in the classroom alone is not enough to benefit educational goals; investment in digital skills for teachers and students is essential too.
More information can be found on the website of the OECD.