The expiry of Digital Education Revolution funding has teachers worried about laptop use in classrooms.
The majority of respondents to Federation’s online survey on the Digital Education Revolution's laptop rollout were positive about the program. However, they were concerned at the loss of the technology support officer (TSO) position at the end of the year and the impact on equity of the Department of Education’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.
Of the more than 200 principals and teachers who responded to the survey:
- 75 per cent stated that students had integrated laptop use either well or very well into their learning
- 78 per cent stated that teachers had integrated laptop use either well or very well into their teaching
- 81 per cent stated that the loss of government-provided student laptops with common software would have either a very significant or significant impact on teaching and learning
- 95 per cent stated that the loss of the TSO position would be significant, including 79 per cent who stated the loss would be very significant
- 85 per cent stated that the introduction of a BYOD policy would have a very significant or significant impact on teaching and learning.