Survey highlights changing teacher opinions on ed tech

Project Tomorrow's results show that administrators and librarians have the biggest ability to empower students' digital learning aspirations.

A new survey reveals evidence of a major shift in educators’ opinions regarding technology as an educational tool, which might be attributed to the increase in educator and administrator use of ed-tech tools.

According to the latest Speak Up Survey results, more than twice as many educators have a personal smart phone today than in 2008, and there has been a 33 percent increase in the proliferation of teachers who are active Facebook users. There has also been a 50 percent increase of teachers using podcasts and videos as part of their classroom instruction.

Project Tomorrow debuted the second half of the 2010 Speak Up Survey results on May 11, highlighting how teachers, principals, district administrators, librarians, and technology coordinators view the changing role of technology in education.

In fall 2010, Project Tomorrow surveyed 294,399 K-12 students, 42,267 parents, 35,525 teachers, 2,125 librarians, 3,578 school or district administrators, and 1,391 technology leaders in order to gauge their general opinion about the use of technology in teaching 21st century skills.

The report explored how educators addressed student opinions regarding learning around three key trends: mobile learning, online and blended learning, and digital content.

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