Digital learning itself is expanding in schools, but access to classroom and home technology still remains a major obstacle, according to a new study from Schoology.
The State of Digital Learning report is based on responses from more than 9,200 education professionals and covers challenges, priorities, and student achievement as they relate to digital learning and edtech tools.
The study yields significant findings regarding challenges and priorities, the role and impact of technology, digital citizenship and emerging edtech trends, and professional development and learning communities.
Nearly 42 percent of study participants say lack of student access at home is their biggest obstacle to student learning. More than 50 percent also say their school or district is one-to-one, and more than half of them let students take those devices home.
The study breaks down obstacles to student learning by rural, suburban, and urban. Lack of student access at home is the biggest obstacle for both rural (51 percent) and urban schools (close to 45 percent), while insufficient time to teach individual students who need it most is the top obstacle in suburban schools (42 percent).
K-12 classroom teachers say their top two digital learning challenges are juggling multiple digital tools for teaching and learning and student access to technology. Teachers’ top priorities are integrating new edtech tools into the classroom, along with improving assessments, reporting, and data-driven decision making.