Survey: It's a High-Tech World with Some Low-Tech Teachers. (Notebook: Education Information from Schools, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
Pascopella, Angela, District Administration
The good news is more schools are getting with the program. They have more computers, more high-speed Internet access and more classroom access, according to the Technology in Education 2002 report from Market Data Retrieval.
The bad news is that teachers are still grappling with integrating technology into classroom instruction (see Digital Disconnect news story on pg. 11).
"What you're seeing is an increase in the availability of hardware connectivity," says John Bailey, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education. "But we're still seeing struggles of teachers finding ways to use that in instruction and learning. I don't think that's particularly surprising. What surprises me is the growth in wireless connections--a 50 percent increase from last year. This shows a definite trend of the benefit of wireless networks in schools and the major flexibility it provides for students."
The MDR report shows some emerging trends, including that laptop computers in K-12 public schools increased by 43 percent since 2000. …