Technology Counts 2017: Classroom Technology: Where Schools Stand

Technology Counts 2017: Classroom Tech: Where Schools Stand

Schools tackle tech training for teachers, "passive" vs. "active" use of digital tools, and online learning needs

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K-12 educators have a challenging road ahead in improving their use of technology. And that is why reporting on the state of school technology is more important than ever.
America's most innovative schools constantly help teachers learn to use technology. But in many high-poverty schools, the barriers to good teacher training can seem insurmountable.
Better research will help schools evolve towards more creative use of classroom technology, ed-tech leaders predict.
Students have access to more ed tech than ever, but teachers remain untrained and students aren't using tech creatively.
Startup company Desmos is taking on Texas Instruments with its free, web-based calculator, which is attracting the attention of teachers and test providers.
The FCC has played a big role in bringing high-speed internet to thousands of schools, but new chairman Ajit Pai has many K-12 leaders worried.
Teachers are using online tools to change the way students write, collaborate, and get feedback in the classroom.
Educators are now considering televisions in place of classroom projectors, but concerns about adaptability remain.
Online simulations, high-tech equipment, and student-owned digital devices are opening up a world of experimentation for science classes.
Educators report there are fewer social-studies-specific digital learning tools than for subjects such as math, which are part of the Common Core State Standards.
As internet connectivity improves in rural America, many schools are expanding online options for students who lack access to hard-to-staff courses.
Millions of public school students now take classes online. But educators know little about the quality of the courses, who is enrolling in them, or how students are doing.
Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress sheds light on the ways 8th grade students use classroom computers in math class. Data is broken down by state.
Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows how much professional development on using technology 8th grade math teachers received. Data is broken down by state.