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Schools lacking in tech skills, says Education Foundation

Thursday, June 19th 2014 by Luke Thompson
Schools lacking technology skills, report argues (Thinkstock)

A new report says educational institutions aren't taking full advantage of technology.

Too many schools lack knowledge about technology, according to a new report from European Electronique, Samsung and the Education Foundation thinktank.

Entitled Technology in Education: A System View, the publication called on the government to provide better support for schools and students alike to reap the benefits offered by innovations like cloud computing.

The report authors argued that at present, tech-related initiatives tend to focus on helping educational institutions plan for the future, rather than taking advantage of existing solutions and services.

As well as a general lack of assistance, the review claimed schools are being held back by a general reluctance to adopt cloud technology and a lack of access to high-speed broadband.

Ian Fordham and Ty Goddard, co-founders of the Education Foundation, said the report gives a "pragmatic" view of what's needed for educators to make greater use of tech.

Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung UK and Ireland, added: "We believe that technology has a significant role to play in opening doors for the leaders of tomorrow, equipping them with the skills necessary to meet the needs of the ever-evolving economy."

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