Ed Tech Trends
Nine in 10 Teachers Expect Ed Tech Needs to Grow in Next 3 Years
- By Dian Schaffhauser
K-12 teachers said their students received less coverage of
instructional material in the spring than compared to the typical
school year, and most of lessons consisted of asynchronous
activities. While a majority of administrators said their districts
and schools were able to provide formal professional learning
opportunities on technology-based remote instruction to their
educators, half as many teachers said the same.
results came out of an early
done by the nonprofit EdTech
and the University
of Virginia Curry School of Education.
The two organizations surveyed a national sample of 788 educators
about their experiences during spring 2020 COVID-19 remote
instruction and their needs moving forward. Sixty-one percent of
survey participants were teachers; 25 percent were school
administrators; and 14 percent were district administrators. Four in
five responses (82 percent) were collected in June before the
majority of schools announced their format for fall 2020 instruction.
to results, 58 percent of teachers said they used a less-than-normal
amount of instruction content; an additional 23 percent said they
didn't cover new material at all. Just 5 percent of teachers said
they'd provided more than the typical amount of instructional
it came to the primary ways in which students were engaged with
teaching and learning, administrators and school leaders had a
different perspective than teachers. Whereas 25 percent of teachers
reported that students primarily used technology for synchronous
group lessons, 31 percent of administrators said the same. And while
10 percent of administrator respondents thought students were doing
asynchronous lessons without tech, 13 percent of teachers said so.
For both groups 55 percent reported that students were mainly doing
asynchronous studying with the use of technology.
a quarter of teachers (27 percent) said they'd engaged in some formal
professional development to learn how to do tech-based remote
instruction, more than half of the administrators (52 percent)
believed that to be true. While 35 percent of teachers said they
received training in the collaborative structure, 60 percent of
school and district leaders thought that had happened. And while 22
percent of teachers said they had no training, half as many
administrators (11 percent) said the same about their teachers.
majorities in both groups (86 percent of teachers and 84 percent of
administrators) said they expected the need for education technology
to increase over the next three years. However, administrators
reported a greater urgency in the need for tech than teachers; 44
percent of admins said the increase would be "significant"
versus 29 percent of teachers.
offered various sources of information that they turn to in making
decisions about the selection or implementation of ed tech. The
primary choices were educators in similar contexts (cited by 53
percent of teachers) and "educators I know," mentioned by
more complete version of the results is openly available on
a Google drive.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.