Microsoft Canada Co.

Microsoft Canada Co.

April 04, 2007 09:30 ET

Canadian Students Leave the Classroom Behind When Learning About Technology

More than half of students say their schools aren't encouraging them to develop technological / computer skills, according to new survey released by Microsoft Canada

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2007) - Although 74 per cent of student respondents say "technology rocks my world" and 71 per cent of students feel that the role of technology is important for solving society's problems, only 42 of students say their school encourages them to develop technological / computer skills, according to a survey released today by Microsoft Canada Co. Moreover, close to half of students say they learn more about technology at home on their own, with only 15 per cent responding that they learn more about technology from their teachers and courses.

The results also found that 74 per cent of students in Canada feel a positive relationship with technology and student respondents were nearly unanimous about the value of a career in technology - over 91 per cent agree that a career in technology would be either somewhat or very rewarding. Additionally, 92 per cent of all students said that it is somewhat to very important to have technological experience to be successful in their career. However, less than half of the student respondents felt their school is adequately preparing them for an IT-focused career, and only 53 per cent of students say their teachers inspire them to be innovative and creative. Even fewer (28 per cent) responded that their school keeps them informed about advances in technology.

Yet while students don't feel that their teachers and schools are doing enough to prepare or encourage them technologically, survey results show students feel that this is not just a problem in Canada. In fact, most believe Canada's education system equals others around the world as 87 per cent of students were either somewhat or definitely certain their school is on par, globally, with other schools in technological areas. The same feelings hold true for the country overall as the vast majority (89 per cent) of Canadian students feel Canada is on par with other countries in the area of technology.

"The survey shows how much students love technology and that a large number are looking towards IT careers. The problem is that this enthusiasm isn't being encouraged at school - which needs to change. If technology companies and the leaders of our education systems commit to working better together, Canada has an opportunity to become a global leader in fueling technology innovation," said Daniel Shapiro, Academic Program Manager, Microsoft Canada.

Other interesting findings:

- Almost half students agree that the IT industry leads the pack in innovation

- Students are spending 4.5 hours a day on computers with 70 per cent of that time being spent at home

- 'Love of technology and computers' as well as 'interesting work' were the top reasons that students were interested in a career in IT

- Female students learned more from friends and family than male students (41 per cent vs. 26 per cent)

The online survey of Canadian students from grade 11 to second-year university and college students aged 17-20, was conducted by Youthography.

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has 10 regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit

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