Teachers generally spend a fair amount of personal money on their classes (see The Best Data On How Much Money Teachers Pay Out Of Their Own Pocket – What Do You Spend?).
And, no surprise, we’re spending even more usual this year.
You can check out the new EdSurge article, Surveys Find Districts Are Using More Edtech Tools — and Teachers Are Bearing the Costs for details.
The “money quote” (pun intended) is highlighted at the top of this post, and here is a more complete version from the article:
A survey from online course platform Study.com finds 86 percent of K-12 teachers asked say they’ve used personal funds for classroom tools due to circumstances around COVID-19.
The amount varies. In prior surveys, Study.com says only 25 percent of teachers spent between $251-500 of their own money on their classroom in a year. But in the one-week November 2020 survey of 101 teachers, that figure ticked up to 32 percent. And 17 percent say they have spent over $1,000.
Despite the plethora of tools already in use, 49 percent of teachers in the Study.com survey say the one thing they most need is subscriptions to online learning platforms for this coming spring.