Due to the current pandemic, around 11 million school-aged students in Germany are learning from home. sofatutor, Germany’s leading digital education platform, have recently conducted a survey amongst users of their platform to provide insights into how teachers, parents and students are coping with homeschooling during the COVID-19 crisis. Based on responses from 3,767 teachers and 2,867 parents, sofatutor’s findings show that 58% of teachers feel ill prepared and 45% of parents do not feel fully supported in adapting to homeschooling their children.
sofatutor is the most comprehensive online learning platform in the German-speaking world, and currently has up to 1.5 million pupils using the platform and the app every month. Stephan Bayer, sofatutor’s Founder and CEO, says, “Our survey shows that many schools in Germany were unprepared for the crisis. This proves once again that the German education system still has to catch up in terms of digitisation.”
The results of the survey also show that the use of digital media for learning is on the rise. According to the teachers, around 80% of their students are currently using digital media for learning. Additionally, 87% of teachers said they would continue to use digital learning aids in the classroom even after the crisis. On this, Stephan Bayer comments, “The majority of the teachers surveyed stated that they would like to go on a digital journey of discovery. At the same time, schools do not know the budget from which they should finance this… Schools do get Internet and interactive whiteboards across the board. But what is also needed is investment in digital content. In the current crisis, schools can finally focus on it. It is also a huge opportunity.”
You can read more about sofatutor’s survey findings here.
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