Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Listen Up! Speak Up Is Talking: The Annual Survey Reveals That We're Still Hardly Scratching the Surface of Technology Use in Education

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Listen Up! Speak Up Is Talking: The Annual Survey Reveals That We're Still Hardly Scratching the Surface of Technology Use in Education

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I'VE BEEN STUDYING the results of the fourth annual Speak Up survey from the nonprofit education group Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org). Speak Up is an online survey that compiles "the ideas and views of 270,000 K-12 students and their teachers and parents, from all 50 states, on: technology, math, and science instruction; 21st century skills; global collaborations; communications and self-expression; and schools of the future."

Poring over the data, I am reminded yet again how important it is that we listen to those we serve in education-students and parents. The Speak Up survey is unique in bringing to light their insights into the uses of education technologies.

Because of the depth of the data-more than 45 pages of survey questions and responses, plus pages of open-ended responses--I can only provide a few highlights in this space, but here are two general observations:

1) We have a ways to go before technology is an integral part of education. What data led me to this conclusion?

* To the question, "On a weekly basis, which professional tasks do you do using technology?" the top response was "word processing of tests, handouts, and other materials," followed by "keeping records such as grades and attendance."

* To the follow-up question, "What obstacles do you face in using technology at school for professional tasks?" the leading answer was "lack of time in school day."

* Teachers' most popular response to the question, "In which areas related to technology would you like more professional development?" was "integrating technology into the curriculum. …

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