Feb 06 2013

Survey: 74 Percent of Educators Support the Use of Technology in Schools

PBS releases report as part of national Digital Learning Day.

If we were to poll the readers of this site, it's probably safe to say that most of you would support the use of technology in schools.

Digital Learning Day

If you missed Digital Learning Day, or you're still looking to get in on the action, you can follow the thread on Twitter using the hashtag #DLDay. You can also replay any of the three Live Chats that occurred earlier this afternoon. In addition, the event's web site offers access to technology-based lesson plans, tips, news, related blog posts, and other resources to help you integrate technology into your classrooms. Take a look — and let us know what you think in the Comments.

Many of you are leaders in your field. Some of you are considered pioneers of the high-tech classroom.

But what about elsewhere in America — in those places, for instance, where technology is not as high on the administrative priority list? Consider the educators in rural and underfunded schools whose budgets sometimes hardly cover the cost of pencil and paper, much less a tablet for every student. What about inner-city educators whose challenges are so numerous that a technology deficit hardly rates on their "list of things no teacher should have to deal with ever"?

In preparation for Digital Learning Day, an online event hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education, which takes place today, researchers at Virginia-based PBSLearningMedia released the results of a nationwide survey that says that three-quarters of the nation's teachers value the benefits of technology in the classroom — that's independent of budget or circumstance.

In fact, 74 percent of educators surveyed said technology is key to helping them expand on classroom content; the same percentage said technology is a motivational tool; and 73 percent said it helps teachers respond to different learning styles. Moreover, 69 percent said technology has helped do more than ever before for their students.

For more on the survey's findings, check out the infographic at the bottom of this post, which we first encountered on technology news site Mashable.

PBS Infographic


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