What Do Teachers Think About EdTech?

We know there are a lot of teachers out there using technology in their classrooms. We also know there are a lot of teachers who aren’t – whether they can’t due to financial constraints or just flat out don’t want to (or some combination thereof). We interact with a ton of teachers on social media who are super stoked about technology, and that makes us happy. But we do know that the folks we get to interact with via Edudemic aren’t necessarily a great representative sample of the entire teacher population, so we know we’re not getting quite the whole story. Luckily for us, there are lots of groups out there (big ones, like Pew Research and Gallup, etc) that do some polling with teachers to find out how they’re really feeling about technology integration and what they’re actually doing in their classrooms – and they don’t just get the folks who are out there talking about tech on their own time. They make lots of nifty graphics to display the data so that we can all chew on the information (like this one, or this one, or this one). Today, we have one more. The handy infographic below draws on information from the Pew Internet and American Life survey and addresses teacher’s attitudes on technology in the classroom. Take a look and tell us what you think – do the findings match up with the teachers you know from your school or other professional connections? Tell us why or why not by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

What Teachers Think About EdTech

  • Educators in the AP program or National Writing Project tend to be more advanced technology users than the general adult population
  • Those teachers are also ahead of the national benchmarks in ownership of digital devices, as well
  • 45% of US adults have a smartphone
  • 58% of teachers have a smartphone
  • 68% of teachers under 35 have a smartphone
  • 93% of teachers own a laptop, compared with 61% of US adults
  • 39% of teachers own tablets, compared with 24% of US adults
  • 47% of teachers own e-book readers, compared with 19% of US adults
  • 78% of teachers use Facebook and LinkedIn, compared with 69% of US adults
  • 26% of teachers use Twitter, compared with 16% of US adults
  • 42% of teachers think their students still know more about technology than they do
  • 18% of teachers say they know more about technology than their students do

4 Comments

  1. Sean

    July 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Thanks a lot for this thought-provoking information. My 2 cents is that many teachers have accounts on Twitter, Facebook, etc but are passive there, maybe because an active social networking takes some time that is a very scarce resource for educators.

  2. Kajal Sengupta

    July 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I found this survey very illuminating. What caught my attention though was the fact that sizable number of teachers feel that the students know more about technology than they do. I find this quite natural because the teachers are adults who are adopting this new mode at an older age hence the slowness in learning. Students on the other hand take it to like fish in water. I remember , I had to be really coached to familiarize myself with technology. My daughter got the hang of it on her own and at lighting speed.

  3. Steve Gambuti

    July 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I was really surprised by these numbers. I guess as as techie I lived in a box of sorts. I think the lack of technology being used may also be because educators in other parts of the country may not be surrounded by it like those of us that live in heavily populated areas in and near large cities.

    However teachers are unique individuals with a wide variety of skills and strategies. So even though I may have expected different stats, it doesn’t mean that less tech is a bad thing.

  4. Khawla bajbouj

    August 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Dealing with this technological generation forces the teachers to search for the latest e tools and integrate them in the teaching learning situation. In the area i am working there are lotts of teachers who are really experts in edutech implementation however they just need two main things,first to be directed by edutech expers and second to have the chance to share their knowledge by the edutech stakeholders.