Ed Tech Trends
Current School-Year Survey Assesses Teaching and Curriculum Choices in Light of Pandemic
- By Kate Lucariello
San Francisco-based Bay
View Analytics has recently released a study done in
April 2022 on how teachers and administrators have regarded and used
print vs digital teaching and curriculum resources during the mid-
and beginning of the post-pandemic school years.
survey of 1,015 teachers and 343 preK–12 administrators across the
U.S. asked how the pandemic had affected their teaching and
curriculum choices, especially between the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school
years. The use of remote teaching and digital resources increased
significantly during mid-pandemic (39% during 2020-21) but dropped to
27% the following year. The survey found that two-thirds of teachers
preferred print materials to digital for teaching, and believed that
59% of their students learned better from print materials. But it
also noted that although teaching had returned to 91% in-person
during 2021-22, 39% believe that digital materials are “here to
stay.” The majority of administrators report that the pandemic will
affect their adoption of course materials and curricula in the coming
survey also found that Open Education Resources (OER) awareness had
declined compared to previous school years. Half of teachers were
unaware of OER, and of those who were aware,19% had only “heard of
it.” Teachers from schools with more than 50% black and Hispanic
students and 20% poverty were less aware. Further, many teachers were
unaware of the differences between OER and “free” or “open
study, titled “Coming Back Together: Educational Resources in U.S.
K–12 Education, 2022,” can be found here.
It is the fourth in a series examining the discovery, selection, and
adoption of curricula in the United States.
Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.