Teachers struggle to implement technology in the classroomSeptember 12, 2016, 6:45 am GMT
A survey by Microsoft has revealed that 97% of educators in the MENA region feel that technology plays a big role in transforming education systems. However, only 32% of respondents are implementing STEM education and digital literacy as part of their curriculum.
Microsoft polled educators from primary through to secondary and tertiary institutions, as well as academic governing bodies in the region.
Other challenges identified by the respondents include a lack of training to use technology optimally, with 52% saying they didn't have adequate access to training. A further 40% indicated that there is a lack of integration of technology with the curriculum.
Commenting on the findings, Microsoft Gulf education lead Ahmed Ameen Ashour says: "With over half the survey respondents indicating a lack of budget and training to optimise the use of technology in the classroom, there is a definite need to improve integration of technology in classrooms in the region to meet the needs of the 21st century labour market."
More than half the educators highlighted that having access to mobile devices is an important tool when it comes to implementing technology in the classroom. Additionally, 70% of educators believe that creating virtual classrooms and implementing e-learning solutions will further expand access and improve education offerings.
The survey also showed that both parents and teachers are committed to creating digital classrooms, improving access to STEM and digital literacy programs in the region, with only 19% of parents indicating that they do not support technology in classrooms.
"This points to the fact that the buy-in is there with families and educators alike willing to implement and adopt e-learning to transform classrooms," says Ashour.
"We're continuing our investment in education, using our resources and expertise to overcome barriers that educators face by working hand in hand with policy makers, setting teachers up for success through training programs and much more, to achieve a common goal of supporting the economic growth of Africa and the Middle East," he added.
Microsoft continues to invest in education solutions through various partnerships. There are thousands of education apps in the Windows marketplace, from early learning games to study aids and even apps that assist with classroom management. Another great tool for education is OneNote which helps teachers and students stay organised, share lessons, work together and even be more creative.
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