[Infographic] EdTech Isn't Optional, It's Essential

[Infographic] EdTech Isn't Optional, It's Essential

How important do you think it is for teachers to use educational technologies in the classroom? During this school year, how often do you or your students use [insert type of educational technology] in your classroom?

What are the biggest challenges to integrating educational technologies in schools? 

These were some of the questions asked in a national online survey of teachers and administrators, conducted for Common Sense Media's Graphite by Harris Interactive in May 2013. And here are some of the answers from the survey.

EdTech isn't optional, it's essential.

An overwhelming majority of teachers (86%) and administrators (93%) think it's "important" or "absolutely essential" to use products (such as apps, computer games, websites, digital planning tools, or digitally delivered curricula) designed to help students or teachers. Almost all teachers (between 87% and 96%) agree the use of educational technologies increases student engagement in learning, enables personalized learning, improves student outcomes, and helps students collaborate. And 9 out of 10 teachers agree they would like to use more edtech in the classroom.

But demand outstrips usage.

Despite their enthusiasm for edtech, far fewer teachers report using it frequently. Weekly, only:

  • 19% of teachers use subject-specific content tools
  • 31% of teachers use information/reference tools
  • 24% of teachers use teacher tools
  • 14% of teachers use digital curricula

And only 1 in 9 are implementing 1:1 or BYOD (bring your own device) programs.

Have a look at this wonderful infographic to find other answers from the survey.

edtech essential not optional

This infographic originally appeared here .

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