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

Report: Teachers Are Better at Using Technology Than Digital Native Students

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

Report: Teachers Are Better at Using Technology Than Digital Native Students

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It's time to give up the notion that "digital natives" are more tech-savvy than their teachers. According to a recent study of middle school science students and teachers, the teachers tended to have greater technology use.

According to lead investigator Shiang-Kwei Wang, an associate professor in instructional technology at the New York Institute of Technology, the purpose of the study was simply to investigate technology experiences inside and outside of school for both groups and to uncover barriers preventing them from using technology in school. The primary questions were threefold: Do school-age students fit the digital native profile? Do school-age students surpass their teachers in terms of technology use? What roles do teachers play in shaping students' technology experiences inside the classroom?

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The research involved surveying 24 middle school teachers from New York and Utah aged 23 to 56. Student participation came from 774 eighth-graders in Utah and 305 students in grades 6 to 8 in New York. …

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