Project Tomorrow – the global education nonprofit organization released the recent Speak Up survey report along with Blackboard. According to the report – “Trends in Digital Learning: Building teachers’ capacity and competency to create new learning experiences for students”, the top challenge for school technology leaders is to motivate the teachers to change their traditional instructional practices.
Education leaders have to make sure that the students are well prepared for college and career and on the other hand the teachers have the capacity, competencies, and willingness to adapt to this high expectations.
The survey was carried out among more than 38,000 teachers, 29,000 parents, and 4500 administrators from K-12 districts. The report from this survey findings from Blackboard were published in the report: “Trends in Digital Learning: Building teachers’ capacity and competency to create new learning experiences for students” at ISTE 2017.
Key Findings of 2017:
Key findings from this year’s digital learning trends report are:
- Two-thirds of parents in all types of communities (urban, rural and suburban) say that the effective use of technology within the classroom provides a significant way for their child to develop college and career ready skills.
- Technology leaders (67%) say that the greatest challenge they face in implementing digital learning or expanding technology use is motivating teachers to change their traditional instructional practices to use technology more meaningfully with students.
- Teachers in blended learning classrooms are setting a new bar for transforming learning using technology. For example, 68% report that with the use of technology in their classroom they are better able to differentiate instruction for their students.
- Teachers who have experienced online and blended classes for their own professional learning demonstrate advanced uses of technology with their own students, have stronger valuations on the role of technology within learning, and higher aspirations for leveraging technology to support transformed learning environments.
- Teachers identified five essential elements that they need to effectively and efficiently integrate digital content, tools and resources into daily instruction in their classroom: planning time, access to technology in the classroom, technology support, professional development and consistent, high quality Internet connectivity.
About Speak Up research Project:
The Speak Up Research Project annually polls K-12 students, parents, educators and community members about the role of technology for learning in and out of school, and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning.