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

Teacher Tech Use Stuck in the Past: A New Survey Shows That Although Today's Teachers Are Happier Than Their Predecessors, They Are Not Taking Full Advantage of Useful Technologies

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

Teacher Tech Use Stuck in the Past: A New Survey Shows That Although Today's Teachers Are Happier Than Their Predecessors, They Are Not Taking Full Advantage of Useful Technologies

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THE 25TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION of the MetLife survey conducted by market research company Harris Interactive (www.harrisinteraetive.com), questioned students, teachers, and principals in 1,000 public schools throughout the country. The results of The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Past, Present, and Future are in, suggesting that although the morale of K-12 teachers is better today than it was 25 years ago, their on-the-job technology use seems stuck in the past.

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According to the survey results, teachers today feel more satisfied in their careers, more respected, better prepared, and more supported than teachers in the past. Today's teachers also have brighter views of the academic quality of their districts: The number of teachers who rate the academic standards in their school as excellent has doubled since the first MetLife survey was given in 1984, from 26 percent to 53 percent, and the number of teachers who rate their school curriculum as "excellent" or "good" rose from 81 to 89 percent.

The gloomier data from the survey involves technology use. Although a large percentage of teachers surveyed believe in technology's potential in education--90 percent say it enhances their ability to teach--they're not taking full advantage of it: Forty-three percent of them never communicate online with teachers outside their district, 72 percent have never read or written a blog about teaching, and 60 percent have never taken an online course. …

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