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Pew research shows: Teachers cannot escape digital technology Special

By Lesley Lanir     Mar 7, 2013 in Technology
Washington - Pew's latest research of digital technology use in schools, including mobile devices, finds that tech permeates teachers’ lives and classroom activity and that teachers wish students would stop relying heavily on Google and Wikipedia for research studie
Pew's report, How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms , was compiled from an online survey of a non-probability sample of 2,462 middle and high school teachers currently teaching in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was conducted between March 7 and April 23, 2012.
Besides focusing on technology in the classroom, in communication with Digital Journal, Lee Rainie Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project said "the study also highlights many important digital divides such as teachers of poorer students being concerned about how the students are disadvantaged when it comes to technology helping in their education and that the tech role in learning experiences is different in richer and poorer districts."
Lee Rainie  Director  Pew Internet Project
Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet Project
Lee Rainie, Pew Research
Lee listed the following as among the main findings of Pew Internet's new publication:
• 92% of these teachers say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content, resources, and materials for their teaching.
• 84% of these teachers agree with the notion that “Today’s digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged schools and school districts.”
• Just 18% say their students have the access to the tech they need at home.
• 70% of teachers working in the highest income areas say their school does a “good job” providing teachers the resources and support they need to incorporate digital tools in the classroom, compared with 50% of teachers working in the lowest income areas 73% of teachers of high income students receive formal training in this area, compared with 60% of teachers of low income students.
• 56% of teachers of students from higher income households say they or their students use tablet computers in the learning process, compared with 37% of teachers of the lowest income students.
• 55% of teachers of higher income students say they or their students use e-readers in the classroom, compared with 41% teaching in low income areas.
• 52% of teachers of upper and upper-middle income students say their students use cell phones to look up information in class, compared with 35% of teachers of the lowest income students.
Lee mentioned that it was important to note from the study that it was found overall that teachers of the lowest income students report less satisfaction with the support and resources provided by their schools, and are more inclined to feel their school is behind the curve in using the newest digital tools.
On the subject of older teachers and if different subject matters showed different results he said:
There are generational differences. Older teachers are less likely to use tech and feel comfortable with it in their work than younger teachers.
There are differences in tech use by subjects – teachers of English or Social Studies have different experiences and views from Math teachers.
Lee also pointed out the interesting results in the data of the many teachers who say they wish their students would use tools like Google and websites like Wikipedia less frequently.
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