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Study: Most Teaching and Learning Uses Technology Nowadays

Study: Most Teaching and Learning Uses Technology Nowadays 

In classrooms with long-time educators, most teaching and learning involves technology. Even with assignments, less than half — 42 percent — of student work is done using paper and pencil, according to a new study conducted by MidAmerica Nazarene University.

The study involved 1,000 K–12 teachers who've been in the profession for a minimum of five years. It found that teachers are overwhelmingly positive about technology in the classroom, with 66 percent saying it makes students more productive and 60 percent saying it stimulates them more intellectually. A full 82 percent said technology tools "have not only brought the classroom into the modern age, but they have also enhanced learning and teaching."

Other findings from the survey included:

  • 73 percent of teachers said their students use tablets or laptops daily.
  • 66 percent of of respondents said the school supplies the device, with 25 percent saying students bring the devices themselves. (The remainder said their schools don't permit laptops or tablets.)
  • 86 percent of teachers have WiFi in their classrooms.
  • 62 percent said students use their own technology in the classroom.
  • 70 percent said phones cause "tension and disruptions in the classroom."
  • Typical rules for phone use include silencing them and putting them away during exams.
  • 36 percent said they deal with phone disruptions on a daily basis.
  • 61 percent said tech makes students physically less active.
  • 38 percent said tech makes students more social, with 36 percent saying it makes them less social. The remainder said it has no effect.

The complete study is freely available on MNU's site.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).


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