Educators who use technology on their own are more likely to support ed tech

Mobilist teachers say the greatest benefits for incorporating mobile devices within instruction would be to increase student engagement (83 percent), provide access to online textbooks (73 percent), and extend learning beyond the end of the school day (63 percent).

Additionally, two-thirds (66 percent) of the mobilist teachers say that a mobile device would provide a way for instruction to be personalized for each student.

Online learners

Educators who have used online learning to support their own professional development are much more inclined to support student online learning.

For example, compared with teachers in general, online learners are 22 percent more likely to recommend online classes for students.

“Educators who have taken online courses note the benefits to themselves—and their students—include the ability to review materials as often as needed and to customize the learning process, so that those who have mastered a lesson can move on while students who need some extra support can slow down and review before moving on,” said Evans. “Online classes and resources are going to be key to the personalized learning so many parents and educators are demanding.”

The report also notes that with a keen eye on school budgets, principals are interested in the potential of online classes to lessen the cost of textbooks.

Two-thirds of district administrators who are online learners said they would support a requirement for students to take an online class in order to graduate from high school. Among the district administrators who had taken an online class, however, three out of four agreed with the idea for district to implement this new policy requirement.

Digital content producers

Half of administrators said they see digital content as a way to reduce dependence on textbook publishers, and 44 percent said digital content could help them decrease costs.

They also believe that digital content within instruction:

  • Increases student engagement (74 percent);
  • Helps to extend learning beyond the school day (64 percent);
  • Improves teacher skills with technology (52 percent);
  • Increases the relevancy of the instructional materials (51 percent); and
  • Provides a way for instruction to be personalized for each student (50 percent).

In the same vein, teachers who regularly use digital content in their own tasks are more likely to use digital content within their lessons.

Meris Stansbury

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