New study – why every school should teach coding and embrace video

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Today's teenagers are more connected than ever and demand access to vital ICT skills to ensure their futures. A new study reveals just how essential integrating technology in your school really is.

The research found that teenagers rate having a strong digital infrastructure and access to new technology more highly than a strong physical infrastructure, with high speed broadband rated more important than High Speed Railway for securing future jobs.

ICT is considered by teens today to be one of top subjects needed to secure a good career, alongside traditional subjects like English, Maths and Science. If you're a teacher looking to innovate your classroom, now is the time to get on board with technology – or risk being left behind.

1 in 3 teens want to learn coding

Over 1,000 13-17 year olds took part in the study by Logicalis UK. The RealTime Generation: Rise of the Digital First Era found that:

  • 84% of teenagers surveyed own a smartphone
  • 26% claim to have more than 512GB of storage
  • 33% are using cloud services
  • Only 1 in 10 of the boys had coded and even fewer girls – but 1 in 3 teens would like the chance to
  • Maths, English, Science and ICT are considered the top subjects needed to secure desired career
  • The top career choices for UK teens are:
    1. Science & research
    2. Teaching & education
    3. Healthcare
    4. IT & technology
  • Bill Gates was selected as top role model by UK teens (46%) over leading figures from business, sport, IT, Literature and TV

Communication through digital media is integral to the lives of young people. And those young people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of learning how to code, design and create digital media for themselves.

Embracing, not shying away from technology is the key to an engaging learning environment. Video, long seen as only a form of entertainment, is becoming a powerful force for learning. It's not that you should scrap the textbooks – it's more about creating a media-rich environment, suitable for many different learning styles.

Embracing video technology in the classroom

If you want your lessons to resonate with the upcoming generation, it's time to deliver at least a part of your plan in your audience's preferred language.

The right video will complement and strengthen the lessons learned from books and instruction. Educators worldwide should have the chance to ensure that each new generation has the chance to develop the IT skills they need (and are asking for). In short, teachers need access to software that will help them and their students communicate their thoughts and ideas in the digital age.

Research literature throughout the past decade has shown that technology can enhance literacy development, impact language acquisition, provide greater access to information, support learning, motivate students, and enhance their self-esteem… Indeed, researchers have affirmed that computer technology provides abundant opportunities for students to build or modify their personal knowledge through the rich experiences that technology affords.

– Susan O'Hara and Robert Pritchard, Teaching Vocabulary with Hypermedia, 6-12

If you want to stimulate and challenge your students, it's time to get tech-savvy.

VideoScribe is a tool for education

VideoScribe gives teachers the tools they need to produce unique educational videos for the classroom, quickly and easily. It's incredibly easy to use, giving the students the chance to consolidate their learning and produce their own videos that they can be proud of.

Visit the VideoScribe website today to find out more about our special education prices. Or apply to become a Distinguished School today for access to generous discounts.

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