• Teachers ‘optimistic’ about the potential of technology

The majority of educators are optimistic about the potential for technology to improve learning outcomes, according to research by education technology firm Instructure.

The firm’s global survey of more than 2,000 educators found that 94% of teachers are confident that education technology is delivering benefits.

Yet the study found there was still a fear that technology could be a distraction with the majority of teachers. Although the report also predicted that this figure will decrease over the next five years.

“U.S. teachers have a higher tolerance for personal devices in the classroom than do British and Australian teachers,” the report said.

“In fact, the study shows that 48% of U.S. educators say students can bring technology to class for educational purposes, and one in seven U.S. educators allow any electronic device as long as it doesn't distract other students.”

The report added: “The results suggest that U.S. educators believe the digital age improves students' ability to learn, increases access to education and makes it more effective and efficient for all involved.”

With the survey revealing that 84% educators believe technology is making teaching more effective, Instructure’s report concludes that the benefits of new tools in the classroom are outweighing the negatives.