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School Districts Often Out of Touch With Teachers’ Technology Needs

By David Feller — May 07, 2019 1 min read
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Although they are convinced they know what technology is most effective for their students, many teachers say they’re not being given the tools and platforms that meet classroom needs, a new nationwide survey finds.

Despite educators rating presentation tools and assistive technology as the most effective types of digital technology, they often find themselves having to use other tools that they consider less helpful, according to Common Sense Media’s 2019 Educator Census Report.

The organization’s findings come from a survey of 1,208 K-12 teachers from across the country, conducted in May 2018.

The survey also found about one-third of teachers said “they did not, or practically never” use a technology product that is provided to them by their school or district.”

Teachers found that some of the digital tools and systems given to them are not relevant to students’ needs, and they are neither engaging nor effective in developing students’ knowledge and skills.

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A version of this article appeared in the May 08, 2019 edition of Education Week as School Districts Often Out of Touch With Teachers’ Technology Needs

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