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Poll Finds That Teachers and Parents Support Technology in the Classroom

Today I’d like to share the results of a poll completed by the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission.  The poll surveyed 883 parents and 812 public school K-12 teachers, and found that the vast majority of both parents and teachers “support greater use of technology in education, and believe that school systems should do more to improve access”.  I was more than surprised by a few of the poll’s findings.  For instance, of  the teachers polled, “82 percent feel they are not receiving the necessary training to use technology to its fullest potential in the classroom”.  I think it’s such a shame that percentage is so high.  I also find it disappointing that the United States “is somewhat or far behind the curve when it comes to American public schools’ use of technology in education”.  I guess we have to start somewhere though, so it’s polls like these that should make us open up our eyes and realize change is needed.

Technology In Schools: Poll Finds K-12 Teachers And Parents Support Greater Digital Use In The Classroom

recent poll by the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission has found that the vast majority of K-12 teachers and parents support greater use of technology in education, and believe that school systems should do more to improve access.

The poll, which surveyed 883 parents and 812 public K-12 teachers, determined that 96 percent of teachers and 91 percent of parents think that applying technology to teaching and learning is important to the education of American students today. More than half of both audiences also believe that technology will play a much bigger role in educating students during the next decade.

Responses also indicated that the country is somewhat or far behind the curve when it comes to American public schools’ use of technology in education, especially when compared to other parts of the economy.

When it comes to investing in resources for students, 89 percent of teachers and 76 percent of parents would rather spend $200 per pupil on an Internet-connected device, than $200 for new science textbooks for each student.

However, teacher responses also highlighted potential problems associated with the implementation of said technology; 82 percent feel they are not receiving the necessary training to use technology to its fullest potential in the classroom.

According to the poll’s results, an overwhelming percentage of both parents and teachers believe that home access to high-speed Internet provides students with a significant advantage in the classroom. On that note, low-income parents place a greater emphasis on successfully integrating technology into their children’s education, seemingly because they are less likely to have access to broadband Internet at home.

More of the poll’s findings:

Teachers and parents believe that technology can play a very helpful role in addressing many of the most important goals for improving education today, particularly with regard to these items:

  • Providing more individualized and flexible learning
  • Offering more hands-on learning opportunities
  • Helping students become more engaged in their own learning
  • Making closer connections between the classroom and the real world
  • Exposing students to experts outside the classroom and different perspectives on issues

Furthermore, both parties acknowledge the degree to which technology can better enable teachers to provide faster feedback to students.

While the use of technology in the classroom has been on the rise across the country, low-income schools in particular have found themselves on the wrong end of the digital divide.

“It’s an obstacle,” Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department of Education, said in June. “We do need to figure out ways that students, regardless of Zip code, regardless of their parents’ income level, have access” to technology inside and outside of schools.

This article was found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/poll-finds-k-12-teachers-_n_1871017.html.

China is Ahead of the U.S. and Germany in Use of Educational Technology, According to Opinion Poll by Dell

Today I am sharing pieces of an article and an infographic that give the results of a poll that was conducted by Dell regarding technology in education.  Nearly 1,600 interviews were completed with students, teachers and parents in China, Germany and the U.S.  I found the results to be really interesting.  Take a look!

Highlights from the Dell Education Poll

  • Who is using technology at school most and for what? Chinese students in major cities say they spend more time using technology in school than American and German students. In China cities, respondents say technology is integrated into more curriculum areas than in the U.S. or Germany where respondents say technology is most often used for research. Without this integration, technology in the classroom can be a distraction. According to Dell, this highlights an opportunity to more effectively and broadly integrate technology into learning in the U.S. and Germany.
  • Are teachers knowledgeable about technology? Many teachers in the U.S. and Germany said they don’t receive enough professional development opportunities focused on technology. Their students agree. Only 40 percent of students in the U.S. and 26 percent in Germany say their teachers know how to use technology better than they do. This suggests an opportunity for increasing and improving professional development opportunities for teachers to more effectively use technology in learning in and out of the classroom.
  • Is there a place for social media in the classroom? Social media is playing an increasing role in the classroom according to respondents. One in four students say they access social media in the classroom on a daily basis. However, most teachers in the U.S. and Germany say they never access social media in the classroom. Chinese respondents are the most positive about the prospect of using social media in the classroom. Approximately six in 10 U.S. respondents say they disapprove of students using social media in the classroom to share what they are learning, while most respondents in China say they would approve of social media for this purpose. This demonstrates a growing need to find a role for social media in learning.
  • How is technology bridging between home, school and life? Just half of students say they interact with their school online outside of school. Most students in Germany indicate they do not interact with their school online, while a majority of Chinese students say they do. However, students report that they use technology at home for school work more than any other activity, indicating an opportunity for more collaboration between home and school.
  • Are parents willing to pay more so their children can have access to technology? Most respondents said parents should receive stipends to ensure their children have up to date technology for educational purposes. Additionally, parents across Germany, China and the U.S. said they would be willing to pay for the technology their children use in the classroom.

Innovation in education

This information was found at http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/secure/innovation-in-education.aspx.

Cool eBeam Product Selector

Today I just wanted to share a link to a cool new feature that’s on eBeam’s website.  It allows anyone who is interested in the eBeam interactive whiteboard products, whether for educational or business purposes, to answer a series of questions to find which eBeam product would best meet their specific needs.  Pretty impressive.  Take a look at http://www.e-beam.com/products/product-selector.html.

Then, if you’re interested in more information or are ready to purchase any of our awesome eBeam products, please visit our website at http://www.ebeamrocks.com/.

Creative Uses for Interactive Whiteboards

Today I’m sharing a short, but informative, article on some creative ways to use an interactive whiteboard in the classroom.  I’ve experimented quite a bit with the eBeam products and I believe that the educational uses for interactive whiteboards are unlimited.  However, I think that teachers sometimes feel overwhelmed by new technology for that exact reason.  Interactive whiteboards have so many uses, and  can provide so many unique tools, that it’s like “Where do I start?”.   That’s the reason I’m sharing this article today.  Maybe it will inspire someone to try something new!

Creative Uses for Interactive Whiteboards

What was once a novelty enjoyed by a handful of classrooms has become a fairly common educational tool. Yet despite students’ and teachers’ growing familiarity with interactive whiteboards, many seek usage ideas that go beyond the typical “animate a lesson.”

Explore the following tips for getting the most out of your interactive whiteboard. While these general suggestions apply to popular brands such as Prometheus and SMART, remember to consult your operator’s manual for specific instructions.

Use Your Board’s “Record” Function to Archive Lessons

Most interactive whiteboard models come with software that allows users to create presentations as well as take notes in a blank file. During an open discussion, jot down notes or key points in a blank board file, just as you would on a traditional whiteboard. Save at the end of the discussion, and you’ll have everything you’ve covered, including student contributions, all in one digital file.

This is handy for many reasons. In the short term, you can publish the file to your Web site, or print it out and let students use it to prepare for a test. Either way, students who were absent get a comprehensive record of the day’s activity, and those who were in attendance have a great study tool. In the long term, the file serves as a record of the lesson that can be used with future classes. Or, compare the original file to future versions to assess the effectiveness of different discussion and presentation techniques.

Let Students Get Behind the Wheel

The beauty of interactive whiteboards is that they allow students to take control of their own learning. Most board manufacturers tout their products’ ease of use. This, combined with a tech-savvy generation of students, is the perfect recipe for hands-on learning.

The multi-media aspect of the whiteboard can refresh time-tested classroom activities. Consider this lesson example: a teacher shows a film or video clip of some neutral dialogue with two different musical accompaniments, in order to illustrate how music influences whether the words are perceived as comedy or tragedy. With the whiteboard, allow the students to select the music they’d like to play behind the dialogue. Take the lesson even further by using the board’s audio recording feature—have one group of students perform the dialogue while a second group selects the music. The bottom line is that students tend to be more engaged when they are the ones using the technology.

Create Interactive Quizzes

Admittedly, this tip requires some fairly advanced skills, but if you are lucky enough to work in a classroom wired with both an interactive whiteboard and clickers (student response systems), this can be a tremendous tool.

Using the whiteboard, the teacher creates an interactive quiz or test. The quiz questions appear on the board, and the teacher controls them via clicker. When the teacher posts a question, kids see it on the whiteboard and student clicker simultaneously. Students then enter their answers, which are recorded. The results are tallied instantly and can be reviewed by the teacher in the form of easy-to-understand graphs.
Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
Education World®
Copyright © 2012 Education World

This article was found at http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/getting-the-most-out-of-whiteboards.shtml, which is also an awesome website for teachers…. take a look!

Personalizing Learning with Technology in 2012

 

OK- so I know I’ve been posting quite a few infographics lately, but I’ve just been finding some really cool ones that give all kinds of information about technology in education today.  I’ve been known to not have the longest attention span, so I think sometimes instead of reading a lengthy article, I just prefer looking at an infographic that is full of thought-provoking statistics.  Call me lazy.  Anyway, check out the infographic below.  It takes a look at technology for students, used both in and out of school, from the points of view of the students, the parents, and even the administrators.

This infographic was found at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/2012_PersonalizedLearning.html.

Infograph displaying the results of personalized learning.

 

For Every eBeam Edge Product Purchased, Receive an eBeam Wireless Keyboard Free!

From August 15 through October 31, 2012 every eBeam Edge product purchased
from an authorized eBeam Reseller, comes with an eBeam Wireless Keyboard ($99 value)!

The eBeam Wireless Keyboard, combined with your eBeam Edge, allows you to work with your Windows or Mac computer to:

  • Interact with content at the board and from up to 33 feet away
  • Enter text in any open application using a standard QWERTY keyboard
  • Navigate, scroll and select using the provided touch pad
  • Use the laser pointer to draw attention to items in the interactive workspace

Here’s how North American customers can take advantage of this offer:

  1. Locate an authorized US Reseller or Canadian ResellerWe are Interior Dimension, Inc. in Ballwin, Missouri.  You can visit our website www.ebeamrocks.com or call us at #314-629-3000.
  2. Contact a reseller and, when placing your order for eBeam Edge products, indicate you would like to take advantage of the eBeam Wireless Keyboard Back to School Offer.
  3. Include the following code in your order – RFWK.