Schools IT: Tech is everywhere so why is it missing from lessons?

Technology needs to be embedded into lessons,and not just in IT classes

...create physical and online meeting spaces and resources for teachers to use in schools.

Vital provides subject-specific web portals across the curriculum which identify teaching resources and advise on how to use them effectively, as well as providing opportunities for discussion and sharing between practitioners.

Vendors wanting to increase the use and availability of technology among our children and create brand loyalty in a new generation should realise the possibilities that a programme such as Vital affords.

Organisations of calibre of Apple, Google and Microsoft regularly bring out new technology. But it can often take three to four years for these new developments to reach teachers and create early adopters in the classroom.

Other pressing issues for schools will include how to deal with the vast amount of assessment data they possess. The expertise of enterprise IT companies could be invaluable in helping the education system maximise the impact of technology.

The IT industry could also help bring schools into the cloud. With a variety of devices available both through school and at home, it's not always easy for teachers to make best use of the way technology works. These are the kind of issues that Vital hopes to address in the future with input from the industry.

As a computer scientist myself, I would be delighted if more school children learnt basic programming and got a start in computer science - but let's not lose sight of the big picture and the real opportunities. We have to give pupils and schools the very best technology available. I hope and believe the Royal Society report will reflect this.

Kevin Streater is executive director, employer engagement for the IT and telecoms industry at the Open University.