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Why don't teachers use ICT?
By Terry Freedman
Created on Tue, 14 Nov 2006, 22:05

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A couple of weeks ago I asked this question, suggested some answers, and gave readers the opportunity to have their say in the form of an online poll. I've got some interesting results to share with you.

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Becta will be disappointed to learn that the single biggest #1 reason is that teachers cannot see the net benefit of using computers. That was cited by nearly 50% of the respondents as the primary reason for not using technology in their lessons.

The most-cited second reason was unreliable networks, which at nearly 20% of the respondents tied with "too difficult to learn".

In third place (nearly a quarter of the responses) comes "too difficult to learn" once again.

These results should make us concerned in themselves, but we get an even more interesting result when we look at the cumulative totals. (Remember, respondents were asked to give their top 7 reasons for teachers' reluctance to embrace educational technology.)

The least important factor, apart from "Other", was a fear of what students might get up to if they were to be given access to the technology, whilst one of the largest was lack of access to personal computing.

If you'd like to put your two pence-worth in, read the article and then take part in the poll, or just go straight to the poll -- it takes 2 minutes to complete. Go on, contribute to the debate.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.