Creating tech-savvier teachers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Decades into the computer revolution, many teachers still lack the training needed to use technology effectively in the classroom, according to a new survey. It’s a major problem as schools are investing more in devices and blended learning to improve student achievement, experts say.

To realize the full educational benefits of these tech tools, school leaders need to prioritize professional development, says Geoff Fletcher, deputy executive director of SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

Some 93 percent of teachers believe that technology has a positive effect on student engagement. But 46 percent of teachers say they lack the training needed to use technology effectively with students. The national survey of over 600 K12 teachers was conducted in February by digedu, a digital technology and curriculum provider.