In self-reporting their perceptions of how much of an effect technology has had on these skills, respondents might have been looking to justify, to themselves or the researchers, why they use technology in their classrooms or do not, acknowledged Peter Grunwald, president of Grunwald Associates.
But “we do think the degree of association is pretty impressive,” said. “Also, it is worth noting that some teachers may be using technology because they were required to, and yet still appear to view technology as having a positive impact on a variety of 21st-century skills.”
In other findings from the survey, both teachers and administrators believe technology helps engage many different types of students, including high- and low-achieving students; administrators believe that teachers are using technology to support learning more than teachers say they do; and most teachers do not believe their pre-service education programs prepared them well to integrate technology into their classrooms or teach 21st-century skills.
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