A new survey finds teachers’ use of technology is driven by access to devices and positive learner outcomes
Technology use is increasing, with 4 out of 5 teachers saying they will use classroom technology more frequently during the 2015-2016 school year, according to a survey from Front Row Education, a company that provides adaptive, gamified and data driven education programs.
The largest driver of this increase appears to be access to devices, with more than three-fourths of 1,000 surveyed teachers noting that the availability of classroom technology resources at their school is either good (40 percent) or great (37 percent).
Second to access to devices, teachers are embracing classroom technology further as a result of the positive impact they have seen to-date.The survey results indicate that for teachers, a key driving force in this increased use is superior learner outcomes.
When choosing which software to use, the most important factor surveyed teachers cited was the advancement of student learning, followed by the availability of valuable information on a student’s progress. Aligning to the Common Core and ease of use came in third and fourth, respectively.
When surveyed teachers were asked how classroom technology has changed the way they teach, determining the skill level of their students more efficiently topped the list–followed by determining a student’s skill level more deeply.
These two benefits support the third-most-cited impact that surveyed teachers are seeing: freeing up time to focus on giving students individual attention.
Additional findings include:
High Administrative Support: 75 percent of surveyed teachers noted an increase in administration support for classroom technology; fewer than 1.5 percent said that it has declined.
Daily Use: Four out of five teachers surveyed use technology in their classroom every day; nearly nine out of 10 use it 4 days a week or more.
Age is just a number: No difference was found in the use of classroom technology by the age of the teachers surveyed, or by number of years an individual has been teaching. Those in the classroom are embracing technology across all age ranges.
“The impact of any new tool in the classroom is directly correlated with the degree to which it is utilized,” said Lindsay Helman, a third grade teacher at Mary Frank Elementary. “Teachers are mission-driven and our goal is to bring out the best in our students, and so we use technology when we can see that it has impact. Technology is having a huge impact not only on the way we teach, but on the way students learn, resulting in incredibly positive advances in education.”
For more information on Front Row, visit www.frontrowed.com.
Material from a press release was used in this report.