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Time remains a big barrier to better technology implementation

While many educators feel more optimistic about teaching, concerns about technology access and training persist

The use of digital resources and tools in classrooms is at an all-time high, but educators still say they need more time and training if they are to effectively integrate technology resources into their curriculum.

Ninety-six percent of the more than 1,200 teachers surveyed in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s fourth annual Educator Confidence Report say they see the many benefits of using ed-tech tools in the classroom, with 63 percent citing improved student engagement as the top benefit. But despite that enthusiasm, 52 percent say time to integrate the tools into their curriculum remains the biggest barrier to more effective technology use.

Technology has helped educators:

  • Improve student engagement with learning (63 percent)
  • Improve ability to deliver differentiated, individualized instruction (52 percent)
  • Improve ability for students to access instructional content anytime/anywhere (50 percent)

Nearly all surveyed educators (94 percent) say establishing a meaningful connection with students is the most important part of learning, but 53 percent say they worry that today’s growing emphasis on technology use might impair the growth of important personal relationships.

Laura Ascione

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