Invest or be left behind

Eighty-one per cent of key decision-makers in education believe it is ‘essential’ for schools, colleges and universities to be implementing innovative ICT solutions, while a further 17 % view it as ‘very important’; and 60% strongly agree with the view that ‘schools and colleges that fail to implement such solutions risk being left behind’.

These are among the key findings of LG Electronics’ On-the-Show-Floor User Survey, undertaken at BETT 2010 at London’s Olympia. The survey polled the opinions of 107 senior educational staff, comprising headteachers, teachers, bursars and IT managers from schools, colleges, universities, local education authorities and other government departments.

Underlining this emphasis on innovative technology, 58% of respondents are looking to increase their investment in ICT solutions over the next 12 months compared to just 14% who are planning to decrease it.

“At a time when budgets remain tight and resources scarce, this underlines just how highly valued leading-edge technology is as a means of delivering competitive edge and supporting the teaching and learning processes within schools, colleges and universities,” said Barrie Guy, general manager of LG’s new Business to Business Group within Business Solutions.

Every single respondent agreed that ‘cost-effective ICT solutions are an essential teaching aid in today’s educational environment’.