SOURCE: Ed Week
New Report from Education Week Shows Classroom Technology Fails to Reach Full Potential in K-12 Schools
The 20th anniversary edition of Education Week’s Technology Counts reveals a digital divide among schools fueled by resource inequality, gaps in teacher training, and the uncertain future of the federal E-rate program
Education Week released Classroom Technology: Where Schools Stand, a special report investigating the impact technology is having in K-12 schools as digital learning tools flood classrooms across the country. The report reveals that technology is failing to reach its full potential in K-12 schools, despite the rapid infusion of new devices and technologies into the classroom. Further, disparities in technology access and adoption, and in the ways new tools are integrated into instruction, may be fueling a new digital divide that threatens to exacerbate long-standing inequities and separate education’s haves and have-nots along new fault lines.
“We live in a technology-driven world that is far different from the one that existed two decades ago, when Education Week first set out to map the state of educational technology in K-12 schools,” said Kevin Bushweller, executive project editor of Technology Counts. “Technology is everywhere today but a digital divide among schools has emerged because quality and equity issues are huge and they need to be confronted.”
More Technology, Less Training
As digital devices proliferate in the classroom, teacher training has risen to the top of the ed tech to-do list. Analysis of federal data by the Education Week Research Center shows that professional development for technology integration has actually declined over time and that training lags behind in low-income schools.
• In 2015, just 61 percent of 4th grade reading teachers said they had received training on how to integrate technology into their classroom instruction – a drop of 3 percentage points from six years earlier.
• At the same time, the number of laptops, tablets, netbooks, and Chrome-books shipped annually to U.S. K-12 schools grew by 363 percent, with more than 14 million devices shipped this year compared to just over 3 million devices in 2010.
• The share of 4th grade math teachers receiving training on integrating technology into instruction in the past two years ranged from 59 percent for the highest-poverty schools to 69 percent for the lowest-poverty schools. READ MORE.