A new survey released by The Network for Learning (N4L) reveals schools must navigate increasingly complex technical landscapes when using the internet for learning.
More than 450 schools responded to the Crown company’s survey, which asked schools to rate the range of internet services N4L provides 820,000-plus students and teachers across New Zealand and to comment on their technology plans for the year.
Satisfaction rates remain high, with 97% of schools being either very satisfied or satisfied with the company’s Managed Network service, which provides fast, reliable and safe (filtered) internet services, as well as security services that help protect schools against online threats like malware and phishing scams.
The survey also highlights a number of technology projects schools are planning for this year and identifies the tech trends most likely to impact learning. Schools were also asked to indicate the percentage of students living without home internet access, which varies significantly according to the socioeconomic profile of the school’s community.
“We need to ensure we are consistently providing world-class, safe and secure internet services to schools that “just work” so they can focus on great teaching and learning,” says N4L CEO Larrie Moore.
“We need to understand the journey schools are on with technology. For some schools, this means investing in their wireless networks to cope with the growing number of devices connecting to the internet and the extra bandwidth being consumed. This survey gives us helpful insights so we can be equipped to support schools throughout their journey”.
Some of the survey’s key highlights include:
The responses to the survey, which ran for two weeks in September 2018, will feed into N4L’s planning as the company develops new programmes and services designed to connect, protect and support schools with smarter and safer internet services.