Use of Technology

Technology has become an integral component for the success of our students by enhancing their depth of understanding and expanding worldviews. New media allows for self expression as well as collaboration. Yet, many educators do not utilize technology as much as they should, especially where I teach. This week I created a survey using survey monkey to see just how much technology is getting integrated and the findings were interesting.

To understand more about the school where I currently work, we have limited access to students using technology. We have two laptop carts available for checkout but we have roughly thirty classes to share them between. Therefore, it was not surprising to me to see the results of the first question and see that most teachers only had daily access to their own laptops. Yet, the second question showed how teachers allow their students to use that technology around 50% of the time.

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The idea I had behind the third question was asked to see how many students have their own technology that they could potentially use to help integrate technology. The results show that about 55% of the students would have their own technology to use. What I failed to ask was how many teachers allow them to use their own. I would imagine that less than half of that population actually does.

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Questions four and five were aimed to see how teachers would use laptops if each student had access to a laptop as well as what kind of training teachers would want. 70% percent would use laptops for exploration. More shocking to me was that 50% of the teachers would us laptops for facts. I once watched a video where someone stated any question you can google online is an irrelevant question in education. Since the focus of students is critically thinking now, why would educators use laptops for facts? 67% of the educators at my school stated they do not have time to integrate technology into their classroom. This tells me that teachers do not understand the importance of integrating technology or they would find time to do so.

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Although the results to question five were discouraging, question six helped me to see that 72% of the teachers would like to have professional development on implementing technology in the classroom. Therefore, the result to question five could mean that teachers do not have time to work out all the faults of programs or even to search for programs to use with this technology and would prefer someone to teach them.

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As you can see from my survey, educators have a long way to go to become avid integrators of technology in the classroom. The take away from this survey is that teachers need the proper training to feel comfortable as well as understanding the importance. Due to the fact that we live in a technological world, educators need to prepare students to be successful using technology or students will be defeated by others when it comes to career opportunities.

References:
Survey Monkey (n.d.). Retrieved on October 19, 2013 on https://www.surveymonkey.com/home/.

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