Survey reveals educators’ must-have technologies

Eighty-two percent of teachers said video is more effective in the classroom when integrated with other instructional resources or content. Two-thirds of teachers (67 percent) believe digital resources help them differentiate learning for individual students, and 68 percent believe TV and video content stimulates classroom discussion.

Three in four teachers (76 percent) stream or download TV and video content, up from 55 percent in 2007. These teachers are also accessing video content in completely new ways, with 24 percent reporting that they access content stored on a local server, up from 11 percent in 2007. Their use of short video segments of three to five minutes in length increased this year, with 29 percent reporting this is the average length of video segments used.

Pre-K technology use

Pre-kindergarten teachers use and value digital media as well, but to a lesser extent and less frequently than K-12 teachers. Half of responding pre-K teachers said fee-based content is not age-appropriate for their students.

Grunwald said this is likely owing to pre-K students’ age and the need for more personalized interaction among a young group of students, along with younger students’ skill levels.

Eighty-two percent of pre-K teachers surveyed use digital content, compared to 97 percent of K-12 teachers, and 28 percent of pre-K teachers are “frequent users” of digital content, compared to 62 percent of K-12 teachers.

The majority of pre-K teachers (54 percent) rate digital resources as highly valuable for information for professional development, and 50 percent said image collections are highly valuable.

Conducted in August 2010, the “Deepening Commitment: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology” survey reflects the views of a representative sample of 1,401 full-time classroom teachers (1,204 K-12 public school teachers and 197 pre-K teachers in public and private schools).

Laura Ascione

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