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Digital Classroom is a national online survey of teachers and administrators ..... nine teachers (11%) report being in classrooms where students have access to their .... of finding out about edtech is from other educators — teachers, librarians, or tech .... to make it easier for teachers to discover, vet, implement, and use those ...
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Teaching with Technology: The Promise and Reality of the U.S. Digital Classroom

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Table of Contents Executive Summary.................................................................................... 3 Introduction................................................................................................. 5 Methodology............................................................................................... 6 Key Findings............................................................................................... 7 1. Edtech isn’t optional; it’s essential.............................................................................................. 7 2. 1:1 student access to devices is just getting started, but the penetration of laptop and mobile devices is remarkable............................................... 8 3. Few teachers report using edtech tools frequently, but demand for edtech use is strong.......................................................................................... 9 4. Money, access, time, and training are the biggest challenges to edtech implementation....................................................................................... 10 5. It’s tough to find the good stuff.................................................................................................. 11

Conclusion................................................................................................ 13 Survey Toplines......................................................................................... 14

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T E AC H IN G W I T H T EC H N O LO GY: A G R A PH I T E W H I T E PA PER

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Executive Summary Overview Digital Classroom is a national online survey of teachers and

2. 1:1 student access to devices is just getting started, but the penetration of laptop and mobile devices is remarkable.

administrators conducted in May 2013 to identify current

The majority of teachers (73%) report using more traditional

practices, attitudes, and challenges related to the selection and

provisioning or ways for students to access technology, such

use of educational technologies in preK-12 public school

as in-class sharing (37%) or using the computer lab (36%). Only

classrooms in the United States. This Graphite White Paper

one in nine teachers (11%) are implementing 1:1 or Bring Your

from Common Sense Media is a report on the findings from this

Own Device (BYOD) programs (where each student has access

survey, which will be fielded annually.

to their own device). Half of all teachers (49%) report having

Teaching with Technology: The Promise and Reality of the U.S.

used tablets in their classroom for learning or instruction during

Methodology The survey was conducted online in the U.S. by Harris Interactive in May 2013, among 764 public school preK-12 teachers and 205 public school administrators. The data were weighted to key demographic variables to align with the national population of the respective groups. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. Wherever significant differences are reported, they are reported at the significance level (alpha) of 0.05. (For more details on the survey and the methodology of the study, please see the full report.) Throughout this paper, “educational technologies” or “edtech” will refer to digitally delivered products designed to help students or teachers, such as mobile applications (apps), websites, computer/console games, digital planning tools, or digitally delivered curricula.

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