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Classroom Technology: Turning Our Kids Into Nerds
A look at perceptions regarding the problems and possibilities of technology in the classroom.
How We See Technology
- 83% of parents say that effective implentation of technology is important to their child's success.
- 50% label it as extremely important.
- 64% say that their child's school is doing a good job of using technology to enhance student achievement.
- 92% use the internet to access content, resources, and materials.
- 69% use the internet to share ideas with other teachers.
- 67% use the internet to interact with parents.
- 57% use the internet to interact with students.
- 62% feel their school does a good job supporting their efforts to bring digital tools into the learning process.
- 68% say their schools provide formal training in this area.
BYOT: Bring Your Own Technology
50% of school district administrators say their education budgets for technology have decreased in the past three years YET 52% say their district continues to enforce a "No Personal Electronic Device Allowed At School" policy for students.
Major concerns of principals polled regarding the BYOT policy:
- Device theft (50%)
- Network security (45%)
- Digital equity (43%)
- Teacher training (43%)
- Distraction (40%)
- Internet safety (39%)
The Conseqences of Device-Oriented Learning
According to parents:
- Improves teachers' skills with technology (23%)
- Increases teacher productivity (27%)
- Improves home to school communication (43%)
- Personalizes learning (45%)
- Extends the learning day (52%)
- Increases student engagement (55%)
- Provides access to online textbooks (58%)
According to teachers:
- Search engines have conditioned students to expect to be able to find information quickly and easily (76%)
- The amount of information available online is overwhelming to students (76%)
- Today's digital technologies discourage students from finding and using a wide range of sources for research (71%)
- Today's digital technologies make it harder for students to find and use credible sources of information (60%)
The Widening Digital Divide Among Students
54% of teachers say students have good access to digital technology at school AND 84% agree that digital technologies are leading to greater disparities betwee affluent and disadvantaged schools and districs.
Teachers of high income students:
- 70% say their school does a good job providing teachers with the resources and support they need to incorporate digital tools into the classroom.
- 73% receive formal training in device usage.
- 21% say that a lack of resources among students to access digital technologies is a "major challenge" to incorporating more digital tools into their classroom.
Teachers of low income students:
- 50% say their school does a good job providing teachers with the resources and support they need to incorporate digital tools into the classroom.
- 60% receive formal training in device usage.
- 56% say that a lack of resources among students to access digital technologies is a "major challenge" to incorporating more digital tools into their classroom.