TES Global classroom tech

HEDLINE: TES Global Survery finds Classroom Tech hits Mainstream

Digital education company TES Global presented the results of its first international teacher survey at SXSWedu this week.

Key findings include that 96% of teachers in the U.S and 94% of teachers worldwide who responded to the survey state that technology plays an important role in their classrooms, and 69% now use open resources more often than textbooks.

Key areas of technology implementation are individual and group instruction, as well as communication with parents.

The main points of concern for many teachers (60% of participants in the U.S and 59% worldwide) are the still insufficient hardware in their schools as well as connectivity (35% of U.S. teachers and 50% worldwide).

Considering the fact that well-funded edtech companies like Remind are pushing heavily into U.S. schools, it is unsurprising that the survey found higher adoption of technology for parent communication in this region than worldwide (78% vs 54%).

TES Global also officially graduated it new online community TES Labs from its beta phase. Launched in October 2014 TES Labs aims to facilitate cooperation between educators and edtech startups and has partnered with London based accelerator Emerge Education.

The company also announced a partnership with EdTech Europe 2015, a conference that takes place in London on June 18, aiming to add the perspective of teachers to the event.

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Kirsten Winkler

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at EDUKWEST
Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST.