Pew Internet and American Life recently published a report on How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in the Classroom. The good news is that teachers seem to be using technology…
Asked about the impact of the internet and digital tools in their role as middle and high school educators, these teachers say the following about the overall impact on their teaching and their classroom work:
92% of these teachers say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content, resources, and materials for their teaching
69% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to share ideas with other teachers
67% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to interact with parents and 57% say it has had such an impact on enabling their interaction with students
I was surprised how many use phones in the classroom…
73% of AP and NWP teachers say that they and/or their students use their mobile phones in the classroom or to complete assignments
45% report they or their students use e-readers and 43% use tablet computers in the classroom or to complete assignments
The bad news is that there seems to be quite a gap between use in wealthier versus low-income communities…
In addition, they report that there are striking differences in the role of technology in wealthier school districts compared with poorer school districts and that there are clear generational differences among teachers when it comes to their comfort with technology and its use in their classrooms.
Interesting to see the difference between urban and rural teachers…
Teachers of the lowest income students are the least likely to say their students have sufficient access to the digital tools they need, both in school and at home. In terms of community type, teachers in urban areas are the least likely to say their students have sufficient access to digital tools IN SCHOOL, while rural teachers are the least likely to say their students have sufficient access AT HOME.