National Survey Reports Belief that Personal Devices Connect Students to Real-World Learning

Posted by: Jennifer Landry 2 years, 6 months ago

National Survey Reports Belief that Personal Devices Connect Students to Real-World Learning

93 Percent of Teachers Believe That Personal Devices Connect Students to Real-World Learning – By Christopher Piehler

A recent national survey from University of Phoenix College of Education found that 93 percent of K-12 teachers believe that personal tech devices can link classroom learning to real-world activities, and 89 percent expect they will be used in most classrooms in the next five years. The survey of more than 1,000 K-12 teachers from around the country was conducted online by Harris Poll.  Kathy Cook, Dean of Technology for University of Phoenix College of Education, said, “Today’s teachers are increasingly tech-savvy in both their personal and professional lives and are enthusiastic about using technology to keep students engaged and excited about learning.”

Other responses to the survey included the following:

  • Seventy-nine percent of K-12 teachers allow students to research subjects using the Internet in class.
  • Sixty-two percent use games to simulate and supplement learning.
  • Forty-nine percent use web-based tools to help students improve writing and comprehension skills.
  • Thirty-six percent allow students to use tools to produce their own video content.
  • Twenty percent use wikis, blogs or social media to spur student dialogue.
  • Fifteen percent connect their students to students in another school, city, state or country.
  • Eleven percent use Skype or other technology to bring in experts who otherwise would not be able to join their classes.