Global survey provides insights into use of digital technology in schools

In terms of educational biographies, in-company education is preceded by schooling. This is why it is worthwhile for companies to take a look at the acceptance of new technology in future generations. Cambridge University recently published the Cambridge International’s Global Education Census Report, based on an online survey of 10 countries. 10,209 teachers and 9397 students from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Argentina and the USA shared their assessment of the school as a learning location. The results of the survey show that computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices have become an established part of school life for 12 to 19-year-olds in many countries and are used intensively.

According to the survey, 48% of respondents today use a desktop computer, 42% a smartphone, 33% a smartboard and 20% a tablet in class. Conventional learning materials are retained – 90 percent of all pupils continue to use pen and paper in their lessons. It can therefore be seen that new technology does not replace old technology, but rather improves the quality of documentation and facilitates access to knowledge. The same becomes clear when you consider the process of doing homework. Two thirds of all students surveyed (65%) do their homework with the help of a laptop. Students in the US are the most likely to use a laptop (85%) when doing their homework. Almost two-thirds of all students (64%) say that they do their homework using their smartphone. Only about 2 percent of the pupils completely do without handwritten notes in the minutes. On average, students spend about two hours a day on homework. Tutoring is common all over the world. The strongest in China – here 55 percent have a private tutor. Three out of ten pupils (31%) also took an eLearning course last year which was not part of their homework.

According to the survey, despite many transnational similarities, there are also differences again and again. In the USA, for example, almost six out of 10 students (59%) use a smartboard in class, compared to 33% worldwide according to the survey. And although the use of tablets in classes worldwide tends to be lower than the use of desktop computers and smartphones, there are exceptions. About half of the Chinese teachers and students report on the use of tablets. Multinational companies in particular should think about the school system and the use of technology in the respective countries before setting up eLearning. This is the only way to ensure that vocational training is seamlessly linked to school education. The study in its entirety can be found at the URL

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