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Back to Basics: Educators Feel More Confident with New Technology Implementation

Educator Confidence in Technology Increasing

Technology continues to benefit the education sector.  

Gone are the days of chalkboards in classrooms. Now, teachers are using top of the line technology to educate publics and improve their learning skills. However, transitioning from old school methods to new technology was never going to be smooth. The biggest change wasn’t for children to adapt to these new ways, but for the adults. Fortunately, 65 percent of educators have now expressed confidence in using digital technology in their classrooms, which is a 7 percent increase over last year, according to a recent survey commissioned by education and publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH).

In the study, it was noted that 98 percent of educators were using digital materials in their work, although teachers still said there was room for improvement in implementing technology in class. Leading the way with this issue was lack of funding, while 46 percent said they simply lack time to learn the new technology and plan lessons that implement the digital resources. Even so, 43 percent of educators said that they were collaborating with colleagues to develop engaging and effective instruction for students.

The vice president of HMH, Rose Else-Mitchell, said, “Technology’s impact on K-12 classrooms continues to accelerate.” While the confidence in teachers using digital resources is improving, HMH is seeking new opportunities to deepen their competencies.

According to the study, additional findings showed that:

  • Teachers with 11 or more years of experience reported using digital tools with greater frequency in the classroom than those with 10 years or less of experience
  • 62 percent of educators with 11 or more years of experience reported using videos from instructional resources and open sources, compared to only 43 percent of teachers with 10 years or less of experience
  • Teachers of all experience levels reported using social media at similar rates to engage students and interact with families
  • Teachers with the most years of experience (20 or more) reported being the least confident in using digital technology (54 percent)
  • More than 76 percent of educators with 10 years or less of experience reported feeling confident in using digital technology
  • 48 percent of teachers reported that classroom coaching was one of the services most beneficial toward helping them use education technology more effectively.

With confidence on the rise, the use of technology will only continue to grow and blend with teaching methods.

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