Report: Technology in Schools Still Subject to Digital Divide
The Pew Internet & American Life Project recently released a study on how educational technology (EDTECH) is being used in primary and secondary schools across the United States. The results show that teachers are increasingly reliant on using the Internet as a valuable resource in their teaching practice, however, there are some issues with technology use once our students are outside of school.
Here are some key points from the survey:
92% of these teachers say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content, resources, and materials for their teaching
69% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to share ideas with other teachers
67% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to interact with parents and 57% say it has had such an impact on enabling their interaction with students
When it comes to income gaps, what starts out as a simple disparity in access to technology spirals into more nuanced effects. For one, there is a correlation between income and openness to digital technology in school. The number of teachers of low-income students who say their teaching is majorly impacted by their schools’ Internet filters and rules about classroom cell phone use is double that of teachers of higher-income students.
Addressing these various forms of digital divides is a pressing issue for teachers. Of the teachers surveyed, 84 percent agree with this statement: “Today’s digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged schools and school districts.”