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10 findings about K-12 digital learning

A new report outlines digital learning challenges and top priorities for teachers and administrators

Administrators’ top challenges are providing relevant and effective professional development, dealing with technological infrastruture such as wi-fi and security, and device management. Top digital learning priorities are providing ongoing professional development, encouraging instructor collaboration, and rolling out new devices or device strategies.

More than 34 percent of respondents cited internet safety as the number one digital citizenship concern, yet an equal number of respondents do not have a digital citizenship program in place or are not encouraged to discuss the topic with students.

About 40 percent of schools allow social media for educational purposes only, while nearly 20 percent have an openly permitted social media policy. These numbers speak to the notion that institutions are increasingly meeting students where they are.

Digital learning needs to extend beyond the K-12 classroom and into teacher PD opportunities. Most PD courses are still conducted via in-person workshops, with 60 percent of schools and districts relying on periodic workshops.

Major findings include:

1. Relevant and effective PD remains a top concern
2. Professional Learning Communities have a positive effect on
professional learning
3. More institutions see the value of dedicated instructional technologists
4. Educators are increasingly eager to integrate edtech
5. Most institutions provide differentiated instruction to students
6. Nearly half of respondents report that their institutions are using coding in classrooms
7. Lack of student access to technology at home is a roadblock for student learning
8. Learning Management Systems benefit students, teachers, administrators, and parents
9. Social media is finding its place in the classroom
10. Internet safety is a huge concern

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