Three quarters of educators want to get more out of their technology
Research has uncovered that 73 per cent1 of educators want to know how to get greater benefit from the technology already within their organisation. To answer this question, Epson has launched a new report, Advancing the frontiers of education, calling for education systems to go back to technology basics, focussing on what researchers call the ‘instructional core’.
This concept suggests that to improve student outcomes, technology should focus on a single goal: to boost interactions between educators and learners around educational materials.
This could be as simple as a teacher using a modern, super-bright projector or interactive display to present ideas to students, allowing them to engage and practice. In fact, 89 per cent2 of educators agree that giving students a greater visual experience with projection equipment is of importance to them.
The report outlines how teachers can scale up quality instruction, facilitate personalised instruction, expand opportunities for practice and increase learner engagement, using simple technology that often already exists in schools. This includes projectors, printers, interactive displays and scanners.
Dr Sarah Henkelmann-Hillebrand at Epson says, “There’s a huge amount of technology in schools. But making the most of it can be a challenge. Our report recommends going back to basics and focusing on the ‘instructional core’. The concept isn’t new, but often gets forgotten. It’s disarmingly simple and shows how existing technology should be used. Our report gives practical advice to put into action.”
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to co-creating sustainability and enriching communities by leveraging its efficient, compact, and precision technologies and digital technologies to connect people, things, and information. The company is focused on solving societal issues through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visual and lifestyle. Epson will become carbon negative and eliminate use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of around JPY 1 trillion.