A University of Phoenix College of Education survey of more than 1,000 American K-12 teachers reveals an increase in their use of technology.
Sixty-three percent of the teachers use technology in the classroom daily, up from 55 percent in 2016. Laptops remain the most common resource, with 86 percent of teachers using them but other technologies like educational apps (58 percent) and 3D printers (21 percent) are on the rise. Forty-one percent of teachers use social media in the classroom, up from 32 percent in 2016.
Still, many educators remain wary of technology’s impact on learning. Although 63 percent of teachers say EdTech helps create a more interactive learning experience, 25 percent still feel intimidated by students’ knowledge and use of technology. Meanwhile, 71 percent of teachers feel personal devices make it more difficult for students to pay attention in group settings, up from 65 percent last year.