A new survey from online curriculum provider Edgenuity reveals that most teachers have mixed views about educational technology. Educators almost universally recognize the potential of technology to transform their classrooms. However, most contend that potential is under-realized, largely due to setbacks or outright failures with implementation.
According to the Teachers' Dream Classroom Survey only 16% of teachers gave their schools an A grade for technology integration. Most teachers (53%) rated their schools at the B level, while nearly a third of teachers (31%) gave their schools a grade of C, D or F.
The ratings are significant, as the survey found an important link between technology integration and teacher success: 80% of the teachers who gave their schools top marks said technology helps them achieve their objectives; this percentage decreased in conjunction with falling integration grades.
The survey results also reveal ties between technology integration and student engagement, and indicate that teachers would like to put more energy toward personalizing learning, with the belief that technology helps them realize that goal.