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Survey Finds 50 Percent of K-12 Teachers Get Inadequate Support for Using Technology in the Classroom

In a new nationwide survey of more than 600 K-12 teachers, 50 percent of respondents reported inadequate support when using technology in the classroom. The survey, conducted by digedu, a company dedicated to transitioning schools from textbooks to technology, was designed to assess various aspects of teachers’ use of technology in the classroom. 

The questions focused on three areas: 1) How teachers use technology and if they feel the current usage is effective for students; 2) barriers to making technology effective; and 3) how much time teachers spend using technology in the classroom. Key findings included the following:

  • 93 percent reported that technology has a positive effect on student engagement;
  • 46 percent reported that they lack the training needed to use technology effectively with students; and
  • 33 percent reported a lack of visibility into whether their students are on task when using technology.

Matt Tullman, co-founder and president of digedu. said, “It is critical that we move quickly to address barriers to meaningful use of technology in schools so that students are equipped with the digital fluency necessary to succeed in our global economy.”

A full report of the findings will be released later in March. Notable findings from the survey can be found here.

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Christopher Piehler is editor in chief of THE Journal.

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