I conducted a short survey among students of older grades of primary and secondary schools. The group is definitely not representative; due to the current epidemic and social situation, I observe more difficult access to respondents. The survey examines the attitude to new technologies in education and culture.
Almost 21% of respondents (n: 29) answered that teachers use applications or websites less frequently than once a month. 27.6% of respondents indicated the answer that it happens once or several times a month, and 31% – that it occurs once or several times a week.
With the number of hours and the number of teachers involved in the educational process, I expected results would indicate much more frequent use of technology.
Approximately 65% of the respondents (n: 17) indicated the answer that teachers do not use applications and websites; at the same time, almost 86% of respondents (n: 28) assessed lessons with the use of applications and websites very well and well. Nearly 52% of the respondents (n: 29) think that it is a good idea to study at school with the use of smartphones.
It turns out that young people would be eager to learn using smartphones and tablets if such opportunities were created.
As many as 65.5% of respondents (n: 29) claim that during visits to cultural institutions (museum, theatre, philharmonic, opera, art gallery, community centre) they did not use the phone application.
(This is confirmed by interviews with employees of education departments of cultural institutions. I will write soon about the ways and frequency of using EdTech in cultural institutions in a separate post.)
And what do young people think about using mobile applications in cultural institutions? They say that such meetings are / would be engaging and exciting while being fun at the same time.
The respondents most often indicated the following web and mobile applications:
- quizzes: Kahoot, Quizlet, Quizizz;
- learning foreign languages: Busuu, Duolingo, Memrise, Grammarly;
- online broadcasts: Zoom, Teams;
- math: Photomath;
- knowledge: TED, Khan Academy.
The survey shows that young people willingly reach for EdTech and use it if appropriate conditions are created. Using applications to learn languages, mathematics or expand knowledge proves their independence as learners. I believe that cultural institutions and schools should use new technologies more often while remembering about maintaining a healthy balance between talking and building relationships and using smartphones or tablets. I wrote about the sensible use of technology in educational meetings in another post.