Educators share technology perspectives in new survey

By Laura Devaney
October 13th, 2015

Teachers address bring-your-own device policies, the digital divide, and common perceptions of ed tech in the classroom

education-technologyAs national debates focus on ESEA, student privacy legislation, and the future of education, a number of educators are speaking up about the ways they are using and thinking about education technology in a new video series from the Smarter Schools Project.

According to a recent teacher survey, 96 percent of teachers said that technology plays a significant role in the classroom. The series, which features teacher and principal contributors from suburban Massachusetts, rural Arkansas and urban Washington, D.C. debunks common myths about the digital divide and explores the ways ed tech is helping them encourage and inspire their students.

Short form videos released in the coming weeks will explore the role technology can play in school improvement efforts, the “paperless classroom,” and the ways tech can help motivate disengaged learners.

The first video includes footage from a Capitol Hill discussion, moderated by USA Today’s Greg Toppo. “We kind of ask the wrong question and we’re very, very close to asking the right question. Instead of saying, ‘Can technology transform education?’ Let’s just say ‘How can technology transform education?’” said Toppo.

To watch the video and learn more about the Smarter Schools Project, visit

The Smarter Schools Project is an initiative of SIIA and CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, dedicated to highlighting the positive impacts of technology in the classroom.

More than 15,000 teachers, principals, parents, and education innovators follow the Smarter School Project on social media at and

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura