In August, I wrote a post titled How Much Is Technology REALLY Used In Your School?
Here’s how I introduced it:
As regular readers know, I’m working on my third book, which now has a new working title, Student Self-Motivation, Responsibility, and Engagement:Practical Answers to Classroom Challenges. It’s a long one, but it is an accurate description of what it’s about.
It will certainly contain ideas for for using educational technology, but that will not be its primary focus. Some of the reviewers of my manuscript suggested I include even a few more tech ideas than I originally had, which I can easily do.
But that got me thinking — how much is technology REALLY used in most classrooms?
So, I have created a very simple survey that should take people considerably less than one minute to complete. It’s admittedly not very scientific, and may very well not provide an extremely accurate answer to the question. But, at the every least, it’ll be interesting to see how people respond.
In the survey, I asked respondents to say what percentage of teachers in their school or, if they work as a district staffperson, in their district, used the following types of technology:
Internet For Research
Web 2.0 Tools
I also provide people the opportunity to leave comments, or add more information.
You can see all the results, including the comments, here.
It doesn’t appear that tech is used much in the classrooms.
The big surprise to me was that the two elements of tech that I think have the most educational value (and that students and I use constantly) — the Document Camera and Web 2.0 tools — appear to be the least used by teachers in schools.
I’d be very interested in hearing how others interpret this admittedly unscientific survey. Please leave your comments.