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

Teachers and Tech: Time to Reevaluate Your Perception

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

Teachers and Tech: Time to Reevaluate Your Perception

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WHEN IT COMES to tech initiatives, teachers are often portrayed as fearful at best, obstructionist at worst.

But it's always (OK, mostly) seemed to me teachers are not, in fact, fearful of or resistant to technology. In the last decade in which I've covered education, the teachers I've dealt with have always been enthusiastic and generally competent when it comes to digital tools --or, if not competent, at least eager to learn.

That perception is borne out in our first-ever Teaching with Technology Survey, where we asked teachers (more than 1,300 of whom participated) to tell us candidly, anonymously--and without fear of reprisal --what they actually think about the technologies they encounter in their daily lives.

The results were quite positive.

Teachers not only use technology: They like it; they get it; and they turn to each other for support when they need it.

Full results of the survey (8 1/2 pages of them!) start on page 6. But let me highlight some broad points.

Where Are the Obstructionists?

First of all, an overwhelming majority (86 percent) said they think technology has had an extremely positive or mostly positive impact on education.

Only 0.51 percent said technology has had a mostly negative or extremely negative impact on education. (Around 13 percent said it's been mixed.)

Another large majority (about 80 percent) are confident or extremely confident in leadership's vision for technology in their school.

A whopping 92 percent said it's made their teaching more effective, with about the same percentage saying it has positively impacted student learning. …

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