Seventy-seven percent of classroom teachers believe technology will help them be more effective in the post-pandemic classroom, but just 38 percent of educators report a positive view of teaching profession, according to a new survey.
Teacher optimism has fallen to pre-pandemic levels, according to new research out today from learning technology company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). In its 2021 Educator Confidence Report, an annual barometer for how educators on the front lines in schools across the country are feeling about the state of teaching and learning, 37 percent of educators reported thinking the pandemic would increase respect for teachers this year–a significant decrease from 63 percent in 2020.
Still, while teachers are navigating the challenges spurred by the pandemic, the report also reveals rising confidence in mastery and benefit of learning technologies and an unwavering commitment to student well-being in the post-pandemic classroom.
Educational technology: From promise to proof
HMH’s research, conducted in May with YouGov, surveyed more than 1,200 K-12 classroom teachers and 150+ administrators, and found an increase in teachers feeling very or extremely confident using educational technology in 2021 (66 percent), compared to 50 percent in 2020, likely due to the well-documented increase in day-to-day use of technology to connect students and teachers regardless of learning environment.