Few teachers give schools an ‘A’ for classroom technology

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
May 9th, 2016

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New survey reveals less than one-fifth of teachers give their school top marks for incorporating technology into the classroom

Only 16 percent of teachers in a recent survey give their schools an ‘A’ for incorporating technology into their classroom, and 48 percent of all surveyed teachers consider the technology they do have to be outdated.

Teachers’ Dream Classroom Survey, sponsored by Edgenuity, reveals that of teachers who did give their schools an ‘A’ for classroom technology integration, 80 percent said they feel technology helps them achieve learning objectives.

Eighty-six percent of teachers said they are either somewhat satisfied (64 percent) or very satisfied (22 percent) with how well the tools and technology in their classrooms facilitate learning.

Top frustrations with technology in the classroom include not having enough time in a class period or school day to incorporate technology (20 percent), not having enough tech support (15 percent), technology being a distraction (14 percent), not enough technology access (13 percent), not enough training to effectively use technology (11 percent), not sure how to integrate technology into daily classroom activities (9 percent), outdated technology (8 percent), and not having the right resources to provide any value (5 percent).

Ninety-one percent of surveyed teachers said technology provides a greater ability for teachers to tailor lessons and homework assignments to students’ individual needs.

Classroom technology also helps teachers create more opportunities for research projects (73 percent), helps students learn through direct instruction and individual exploration (71 percent), and gives teachers the ability to personalize learning for each student (67 percent).

Overall, 70 percent of surveyed teachers said they believe technology enriches the classroom experience.

The top three classroom technology roles, as ranked by teachers, include:

  • Providing a variety of learning tools or modalities (62 percent)
  • Making the learning experience more engaging (54 percent)
  • Diversifying the learning experience (48 percent)

Eighty percent of surveyed teachers said having students who lack technology access at home has either some impact, or a significant impact, on teachers’ ability to incorporate technology and online assignments into homework.

The survey also asked teachers to rank their three most important elements when it comes to having a “dream classroom.” Those elements are:

  • More time in the school day to plan, research resources, and collaborate with colleagues (61 percent)
  • Access to new and different strategies to engage students, such as blended learning (54 percent)
  • More or better technology in the classroom (47 percent)

“Technology can be an incredible force multiplier for teachers,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity, in a press release. “Good teachers are already doing so much to personalize learning for their students. The combination of talented teachers and high-quality technology, used in the right ways, can create an empowering classroom experience for students and teachers alike.”

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