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What is YOTS?


The Your Own Technology Survey (YOTS) is a tool to help schools and researchers better understand the technology available to students, and how that technology might be utilized to enhance educational outcomes.

Download a copy of the YOTS flyer

There are various different models of technology provision available to schools. Some of these, in particular Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), are based on the premise that mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops are in widespread use among young people outside of school. Advocates of BYOT and BYOD argue that educators should find uses for the technology that young people already have access to. However, there is a lack of evidence about the extent to which students would be willing and able to bring their own technology into a school environment. YOTS aims to help fill this void.

YOTS aims to:

  • Provide schools with a mechanism to accurately survey the technology available to its students and as a result inform strategic decision making regarding their model of technology provision.
  • Provide our researchers with access to data that maps the availability of technology to students across England to better inform research and recommendations regarding the use of technology.

YOTS was launched at BETT in January 2013 - you can access it at www.yots.org.uk

How does YOTS work?

Schools sign-up and register for a YOTS account, then simply send the survey to their students (or their parent/guardian) to complete. Once responses start coming in, schools can then review and analyse the results on their personal reports pages (their 'dashboard').

What information does YOTS gather?

YOTS is primarily concerned with gathering information about the technology students have access to at home. This includes finding out about their internet access, the hardware they use or share, (for example a mobile phone or laptop) and whether they are allowed, able and willing to bring that technology into school on a regular basis.

Who runs YOTS?

YOTS is part of the EdFutures.net initiative, dedicated to helping change our current education system to make it fit for the 21st Century. The dedicated YOTS team includes:


Web developer

  • Lewis Stewart


Includes links to sources of data/information about 'media use' in societies

  • Ofcom annual UK communications market report (August 2012)) provides a detailed view of UK ICT, it did not contain any specific references to online learning (OU eLearning Digest No 97)
  • BBC’s Media Literacy: Understanding Digital Capabilities (based on recent Ipsos-MORI survey data) contains a whole section on learning, starting on p27 (OU eLearning Digest No 97)
  • Google survey into consumer cross-platform behaviour. Shows that we use different screen devices, and that the device we choose to use is driven by context such as where we are, what we want to achieve and the time we have. Steve Rayson believes that most serious learning which requires time and focus will continue to take place on a computer, but that smartphones allow people to quickly look things up on the move. (OU eLearning Digest No 97)
  • Oxford Internet Institute study on Low and Discontinued Internet Use Amongst Young People in Britain. The report finds that assumptions and practices can make some individuals even more excluded from society because of a lack of support being offered; and a ‘digital by default’ strategy works well for those who need to be persuaded to do online but not so well for those who are willing to go online, but find it difficult to do so for a variety of reasons. (OU eLearning Digest No 97)
  • Referenced MobiThinking Report "Global mobile statistics 2012 Home" to confirm choice of devices/technologies included. http://mobithinking.com/mobile-marketing-tools/latest-mobile-stats
  • Emerging? technologies to think about - http://uk.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/ [Is it a phone, is it a Tablet, is it a Tablet PC]
  • GoNote is a £149 Android laptop with a 10” touchscreen, 8GB storage, Wi-Fi, 6hr battery, webcam, Kingsoft Office suite and more than 400,000 apps available from Google’s Play Store. It launches in the next few weeks and is aimed at UK students.
  • At the opposite end of the scale is Sony’s Vaio Duo 11, due out next month. This is a slidy-flippy notebook/tablet with keyboard (i.e. Tablet PC), 11” display, Windows 8 and high-end Intel processors.

Other surveys of pupils technology access and use

blog post about a school survey covering access and levels of usage.