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Computer skills important in teacher jobs, report reveals

26/09/2011 Kelly
Computer skills are increasingly becoming an integral part of teaching jobs, with a new report claiming that 50 per cent of learning time now involved ICT.

Using computers as a learning tool is now the norm, with the study showing that in the future 100 per cent of learning time may incorporate digital technology.

Researchers spoke to ICT teachers, 55 per cent of whom said they felt more than half of their schools' teachers required further training on the use of computers. In primary schools this demand was lower, however.

According to the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) who carried out the research, some 49 per cent of primary and 33 per cent of secondary schools have plans to spend more on ICT investment this year.

Ray Barker, director of BESA, said: "Schools know that they must continue to invest in ICT to stop a new form of digital divide being created between schools.

One-third of schools reported an 'extensive requirement' for digital content in their lessons, up from only a quarter last year.

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