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digedu Report Reveals Benefits and Barriers of Technology Use in the Classroom

The report of a recent nationwide survey of more than 600 K-12 teachers revealed that though technology use is ubiquitous in the classroom, creating meaningful digital learning experiences for students remains challenging for many educators. Specifically, 88% of educators reported that both they and their students use technology in class; however, just 24% reported that technology has a strong positive effect on student achievement.

The study highlights the barriers that teachers face when implementing classroom technology, with almost two-thirds of educators reporting a lack of hardware in school and two in five reporting a bandwidth deficit. In addition to fundamental infrastructure issues, a lack of adequate support (51%), training (46%), and visibility into student progress (33%) were cited among the teachers surveyed in reference to technology use in the classroom.

The survey, whose respondents closely mirrored the demographics of the K-12 teacher population in the United States, was conducted to assess various aspects of teachers’ use of technology in the classroom. The questions focused on three areas:

  1. How teachers use technology and if they feel the current usage is effective and meaningful for students
  2. Barriers that exist to making classroom technology effective
  3. How much time they spend using technology in the classroom, and if they desire to use it more often

Complete results from the survey are available now at digedu.com/benefitsandbarriers. The survey was conducted by digedu™, a fast-growing digital education innovator that delivers a comprehensive technology program to meaningfully enhance teaching and learning. digedu Research Insights (dRI), digedu’s research, development, and publication group analyzed the data and developed the report.

“This report demonstrates a clear disconnect between what teachers know technology can do for teaching and learning and what is actually occurring in the classroom,” said Matt Tullman, digedu president and co-founder. “These widely-cited barriers deserve immediate attention from the education community in order to ensure that teachers are able to use technology to enhance student learning experiences and help them thrive in the classroom.”

digedu addresses these barriers with a digital learning ecosystem that aligns its cloud-based platform, the Learning EngineTM; the latest mobile devices; implementation and support services; and a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi infrastructure, the Classroom CloudTM.

About digedu

digedu partners with schools and districts to deliver a comprehensive technology program that meaningfully enhances teaching and learning. With digedu, learning experiences are personalized, interactive, and measurable, and can be delivered on any device, anytime, anywhere. The Learning Engine™, digedu’s cloud-based platform, allows teachers to individualize instruction, promote mastery, and unlock the potential of every student. For more information, visit www.digedu.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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