Classroom Technology News in Brief

School Districts Often Out of Touch With Teachers’ Technology Needs

By David Feller — May 07, 2019 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

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.

Related Tags:

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

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Data Webinar
Drive Instruction With Mastery-Based Assessment
Deliver the right data at the right time—in the right format—and empower better decisions.
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Profession Webinar
How Does Educator Well-Being Impact Social-Emotional Awareness in Schools?
Explore how adult well-being is key to promoting healthy social-emotional behaviors for students. Get strategies to reduce teacher stress.
Content provided by International Baccalaureate
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
IT Infrastructure Webinar
A New Era In Connected Learning: Security, Accessibility and Affordability for a Future-Ready Classroom
Learn about Windows 11 SE and Surface Laptop SE. Enable students to unlock learning and develop new skills.
Content provided by Microsoft Surface

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Classroom Technology Case Study: The Hard Transition to 1-to-1 Computing Continues
Eighty-five percent of educators said their districts now have a device for each individual student at all grade levels.
6 min read
Illustration of young girl using laptop.
Illustration by F. Sheehan/Education Week (Images: iStock/Getty and E+)
Classroom Technology Opinion 4 Strategies to Help Students Manage Cellphone Use in School
Rules only get you so far; they don't teach young people how to manage challenges.
Tom Harrison
3 min read
Images shows a stylized artistic landscape with soothing colors.
Getty
Classroom Technology 5 Ways to Use Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning
Here's an outline of the priorities schools need to address, with links to helpful resources.
2 min read
Arial illustration of a diverse group of kids sitting in a circle with their teacher and surrounded by laptops and zoom windows all around them.
Daniel Hertzberg for Education Week
Classroom Technology Letter to the Editor Personal Cellphones Are Not Instructional Tools
An educator makes the argument that personal devices have no place in instruction in this letter to the editor.
1 min read
Illustration of an open laptop receiving an email.
iStock/Getty