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Pupils Missing Out on Digital Technology's Full Potential

According to a survey from Business Media, school pupils are missing out on the full potential of digital technologies because only 15% of teachers are "computer savvy".

The online survey of more than 1,000 UK teachers was carried out by YouGov on behalf of Virgin Media Business. It found that 75% of teachers are using technology in most of their lessons through interactive whiteboards, tablets and laptops.

A quarter of those surveyed said the use of technology in their lessons has improved exam results by one grade.

Executive sales director at Virgin Media Business said: "There seems to be a growing digital divide between the technology that is available in the classroom and teachers' ability to effectively use it.

"We call on the government to cross that divide by helping teachers understand the full benefits of using technology in the classroom and to urgently improve the support available to teachers on digital skills.

"The UK is a world leader in innovation and digital technology drives our economy. We can't take any risk of the next generation not having the skills they need to maintain that advantage."

The survey also found that 70% of teachers admitted not tailoring learning to digital skills needed in the workplace, while only 11% said the technology in their schools was "functioning perfectly".

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