I had a teacher recently say to me “It seems like EdTech is taking over”. Mulling that thought over brought to mind a lot of different possible responses.
First off: the teacher who said this is older, approaching the end of their career, and not very tech-aware at all. Not just not tech-savvy, but not interested in becoming tech-savvy, either. A bit later in our discussion, this particular person admitted that they thought that technology could help improve students’ learning, but that still didn’t make them interested in it.
While I’d probably place this person in the minority of teachers, it got me thinking. Is edtech really taking over? Are the majority of teachers integrating tech, or are there still a lot of ‘old school’ folks out there shunning tech? The visual below takes a look at some teachers’ opinions on edtech, and as the visual might have given away – it isn’t optional, it’s essential! Keep reading to learn more.
EdTech Is Essential!
- 86% of teachers think it is ‘important’ or ‘absolutely essential’ to use edtech in the classroom
- 965 say that edtech increases student engagement in learning
- 95% say that it enables personalized learning
- 89% say that it improves student outcomes
- 87% say that it helps students collaborate
- Only 19% use subject specific content tools weekly
- Only 31% use information or reference tools weekly
- Only 24% use teacher tools weekly
- Only 14% use digital curricula weekly
- Despite all the buzz about 1:1 classrooms, only about 1 in 9 are implementing a 1:1 or BYOD classroom
- In these classrooms, the use of subject specific content tools(15%), information/reference tools(37%), teacher tools(18%), and digital curricula(20%) are still quite low – in some cases lower than the ‘general’ numbers!
- 92% of teachers agree that they’d like to use more technology in the classroom than they do
- Money, access, and time are the biggest obstacles to using more technology
- 77% of teachers state that they have a hard time finding out what the best tech resources are
- 32% of teachers spend an hour or more each week finding edtech resources