A recent survey has found that over the past two years, e-learning has been a focus for professional learning or change for 59% of teachers and 39% of principals.
Furthermore, 70% of teachers thought that one of their main achievements as a teacher over the past 3 years was using ICT in new ways for student learning, with a corresponding figure of 69% in principals, and 42% of trustees.
These results were among a myriad of findings published in the latest national survey of the sector by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), written by NZCER chief researcher Cathy Wylie and senior researcher Linda Bonne.
The survey, conducted in July and August 2013, gathered data from 180 principals, 713 teachers, 277 trustees and 684 parents.
Topics covered include school resources and relations with other educational services, support and challenges for schools, working with the New Zealand curriculum, National Standards, student well being and behaviour, principal role and workload, and perspectives from teachers, trustees and parents.
The survey found that there are four main ways that primary schools use ICT to support teaching and learning: classroom work, student management systems to track student engagement in school and their achievement, to support their educator roles, and to communicate with parents and share student performance.
Key findings include: