School & District Management

Survey Reveals Cultural Differences to Ed. Tech.

By Mike Bock — September 14, 2012 1 min read
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by guest blogger Mike Bock

New research from the computer company Dell Inc. finds vast differences in attitudes to technology in education between China and the United States. While six in ten respondents in the United States do not approve of using social media in the classroom, a majority of Chinese respondents have positive feelings about the technology, the survey concluded.

Dell’s education wing, Dell Edu, questioned almost 1,600 students, teachers, and parents in China, Germany, and the United States about their technology habits, and put the major findings in a nicely organized infographic (see below.) A report released with the survey also illustrated a few key differences on how technology is utilized for educational purposes:

“In China cities, respondents say technology is integrated into more curriculum areas than in the United States or Germany, where respondents say technology is most often used for research,” the report concluded.

Similar to the findings from the LEAD Commission’s most recent survey, a majority of teachers in the United States want to see more technology in the classroom. However, 63 percent of teachers think students are more capable with technology than teachers are.

You can read the full press release here.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.