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Parents encouraged to get up to speed with classroom tech

Parents feel technology helps their children learn, but don't understand how, a new study has found.

The research, carried out by John Lewis, found 69% of parents think technology has improved their children's progress at school, but 41% don't fully understand how it is used in the classroom.

Despite this, 67% of those surveyed said they were willing to invest in devices for their children.

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41% of parents 'uncomfortable with classroom tech'

41% of parents don't fully understand how technology is used in classrooms, a new study has found. Credit: PA

Many parents struggle to understand the technology used in classrooms, hindering their ability to support their children's learning, according to new research.

A survey by John Lewis has found 41% of parents do not feel comfortable with the technology being used to help their children learn, though 69% do think it has a positive effect.

The retailer has been running technology clinics with parents and teachers to try and bring those who didn't grow up with smartphones and tablets up to speed with those who have.

By understanding how devices are used in the classroom, John Lewis hopes the 67% of parents willing to invest in technology for their children will be able to make better informed decisions.

"Buying the wrong product might not aid your child's progress at school," Matt Leeser, head of buying for communications technology at John Lewis, warned.

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