Around 40% of students in six states have never used technology for learning, according to the Central Square Foundation’s Bharat Survey for EdTech, while 8% have stopped using it.

9,867 children participated in the survey, which included 6,000 homes in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Orissa, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.

The survey report’s highlights, which were made public during a summit on education, are as follows:

  1. While 8% of the children polled had stopped using technology for schooling, 41% have never done so.In urban families, the prevalence of current users was greater.
    2. In comparison to primary grades (39%), secondary (72%) and middle (55%) grades had larger proportions of current users.
    3. The most common tool used for learning was found to be YouTube (89%), followed by WhatsApp (62%) and Google (52%)
    4. Text messages (8%), TV (7%), and interactive voice response (7%), which are low-tech techniques, were generally uncommon.
    5. English (84%) and mathematics (76%) were the two subjects that were most frequently studied using edtech resources, with more utilisation of edtech tools for studying science/EVS, English, languages, coding, and general knowledge (GK) reported as grades rose.

According to the survey, 61% of youngsters who were not currently utilising technology for learning cited the reopening of schools following the coronavirus-induced lockdown as their main justification, while 30% noted the availability of other learning opportunities like tuition.

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