Teachers: Budgets block classroom technology access

Ninety-three percent of teachers surveyed said they believe that interactive whiteboards enhance students’ classroom education, and 81 percent said the same about tablets.

The survey also touched on the most frequently-used classroom technology resources: websites (56 percent), online images (44 percent), and online games or activities (43 percent). Teachers reported using classroom technology to increase student motivation (77 percent), reinforce and expand upon content (76 percent), and respond to a variety of learning styles (76 percent).

Rob Lippincott, senior vice president of PBS Education, said it’s evident that “most teachers are embracing technology and need more resources” to help augment classroom instruction and increase student engagement.

“Over the past decade, we’ve seen broadening adoption and deeper integration of digital media in classrooms for all age groups, with teachers enthusiastic about the power of new technologies to foster learning,” he said.

The survey results were released at the 2012 Florida Education Technology Conference in Orlando. The survey included 500 teachers and was conducted in December 2011.

PBS partnered with WGBH and local member stations to launch PBS LearningMedia (www.pbslearningmedia.org), a free resource that features digital assets, including lesson plans, background essays, and discussion questions for pre-K-12 educators that align with Common Core State Standards. The site offers content from NASA, National Archives, and PBS programs such as NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, and Sid the Science Kid.

Laura Ascione

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