Over 2,500 teachers and administrators across the U.S. participated, answering questions regarding the state of technology at their schools.
The results overwhelmingly pointed to the proliferation of technology in classrooms across the U.S.:
- 3 out of 5 teachers say their use of technology will increase during the 2016-2017 school year.
- 80 percent of teachers believe access to technology in their schools is already either good or great.
- 75 percent of teachers use technology daily with their students.
The largest driver of the rise in technology use is the increased access to devices. Over 50 percent of teachers say they now have a 1:1 student-to-device ratio, up nearly 10 percentage points over last year. Other factors include the positive results teachers have seen through using technology with their students, followed by expectations from their administration, and access to quality software.
Devices: Google vs. Apple
Access to devices is higher than ever, with teachers reporting some interesting trends over the past year:
- Access to Chromebooks is up 15 percent, with over 60 percent reporting that they have access to the device.
- iPads continue to top the list of devices, with 64 percent of teachers noting their availability, down 5 percent from last year.
- Younger grades (Kindergarten through 2nd) use iPads more than Chromebooks (75% vs. 54%) while those in grades 6th through 8th use Chromebooks (66% vs. 51%).
- West Coast teachers have greater access to Chromebooks than iPads (67% vs. 57%); while in the East the opposite is true (62% vs. 71%).
Key Factors When Choosing Software
The top factors teachers note when choosing a software program for students include:
- That it advances a student’s learning
- That it provides valuable information on student’s progress
- That it is easy to use
- That it aligns to the Common Core
Technology Empowers Teachers
Technology continues to be a powerful tool for teachers, specifically when it comes to helping them learn more about their students. Determining their students skill level more efficiently was the top cited way technology has changed the way those surveyed teach, followed by determining their skill level more deeply. Other benefits include giving teachers the opportunity to try more creative and unique lessons, and freeing up time to provide more individual attention to students.
What do you think?
Whether you participated in this survey or not, do you agree with the collective responses of your fellow teachers? What other changes are you seeing when it comes to technology in your classroom? How do you anticipate this shifting in the coming years? As always, we’d love to hear from you!