This upward trend appears to be continuing with 15 per cent of schools suggesting that they will have 1:1 access to tablet technology by 2016 and 44 per cent of schools having one tablet per child by 2020.
The research also showed that a lack of suitable bandwidth remains a significant barrier to adoption of mobile technologies.
Research carried out in May 2014 revealed thatschools in rural areas of the UK have poor access to mobile technologies due to inadequate bandwidth.
Schools have noted little improvement over the past year with only three percent more primary schools, 53 per cent, feeling that they have the ideal bandwidth (up from 50 per cent last year) and 65 per cent of secondary schools feel the same (up from 62 per cent in 2014).
Today’s research also suggests that 88 per cent of primary schools regard the management and security of tablets as a significant barrier to adoption. In secondary schools the barriers to adoption, in order of significance, are training and support (91 per cent), funding (83 per cent) and management and security (83 per cent).
Caroline Wright, director of BESA said;
“Today’s research shows there is an opportunity for teaching schools, school leadership organisations and industry to work with schools to help them understand how they can utilise tablet technology to its full potential, and integrate tablets as learning tools into the classroom.
“It is disappointing to see so many schools still struggling with Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity issues. With nearly half of schools reporting poor connectivity we run the risk of failing to equip our young people with the essential digital skills that they need for their future careers. More needs to be done to improve Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity in our schools.”
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