11 Jul 12
Sixty-nine percent of students surveyed at both the high school and college level said they wanted more technology in the classroom. At the top of high school students' technology wishlist were laptops and netbooks, tablets, smartphones, digital content, and recorded class lectures.
Students also expressed in interest in listening to fewer lectures and incorporating more hand-on projects, independent study, virtual learning, and one-on-one tutoring. The surveyed students reported spending about 53 percent of their instruction time in a traditional lecture model, about 15 percentage points more than how they wanted to spend that instruction time, which included about 38 percent traditional lecture.
Access to technology for the classroom and a lack of professional development also topped the list for high school faculty and IT staff.
The report reinforces the disconnect between what students expect and what technology opportunities schools are able to provide for learning. Understanding how to use the technology students have available, as well as working to incorporate a variety of instructional models and providing professional development for staff are all recommendations the report makes to help bridge that gap.
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