Desktop and laptop computers have long been a staple in middle and high schools but that is rapidly changing. Schools across the USA are spending billions on various kinds of technology for the classroom and aren’t investing only in computer stations and keyboards.
Did you know that The Pew Internet report, How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms (PDF) reveals 73% of teachers and/or their students use mobiles in the classroom or to complete assignments?
Kristen Purcell of the the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project co-authored a new study on technology in the classroom and it reveals tablets, e-readers and smartphones are being used by more than four in 10 of the teachers surveyed.
Teachers say the following about the overall impact on their teaching and their classroom work:
92% of these teachers say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content, resources, and materials for their teaching;
69% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to share ideas with other teachers;
67% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to interact with parents and 57% say it has had such an impact on enabling their interaction with students.
The internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, yet students’ digital literacy skills have yet to catch up. In November 2012 How Teens Do Research in the Digital World (PDF) revealed:
Some 77% of advanced placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers surveyed say that the internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research work.
But 87% say these technologies are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans” and 64% say today’s digital technologies “do more to distract students than to help them academically”.
Large majorities also agree with the notion that the amount of information available online today is overwhelming to most students (83%) and that today’s digital technologies discourage students from using a wide range of sources when conducting research (71%).
Mobile technology is revolutionizing the world of education, the working world, and the blogosphere. Today about one in ten internet users contribute to a blog and one in three internet users read blogs. The mobile web is forecast to overtake the desktop web in 2014, when more people will access the internet for the first time using a mobile, rather than using a desktop or a laptop.
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- Teachers’ Attitudes About Technology (visual.ly)
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