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Technology in the classroom boosts results, say teachers

Many teachers believe using smartphones or tablets in the classroom can boost exam results by at least one grade, according to a poll.

More than a third (35%) of teachers surveyed said they now use technology such as laptops and interactive whiteboards in every lesson, while more than a quarter (29%) said their school allows pupils to use their own smartphones or tablets throughout the day for learning purposes.

The poll, carried out by YouGov for Virgin Media Business, revealed that more than a third of teachers (35%) believe that using technology and the internet in the classroom unlocks creativity, while a quarter (25%) think that exam results can improve by at least one grade.

One in seven (14%) also think that using video-conferencing such as Skype should be an option for parents' evenings.

Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business, said: "Generation Tech reveals how technology and digital learning is proving an ever-more important part of our education system.

"Not only does tech support teachers and improves their ability to teach, but it also unlocks pupils' creativity and ultimately improves grades.

"We're proud to support thousands of schools up and down the country by bringing them the fastest broadband to support learning in the classroom, be that to simply search the web right through to stream a live seminar into the lesson."

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