ERIC Number: EJ935540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
Technology in the Classroom--Is It or Is It Not Being Used?
Pitler, Howard; Lippincott, Robert M.; Grunwald, Peter
T.H.E. Journal, v38 n6 p40, 42-45 Jun-Jul 2011
There is likely not a classroom in America without a computing device of some sort, but are teachers and students using these tools? Two different research studies give very different answers to that question. For the past eight years, PBS and Grunwald Associates have been conducting an annual survey of teachers, asking them about their use of technology for instruction. And teachers tell them that they use the devices in their classrooms--a lot. Yet the researchers at McREL, a nonprofit education research laboratory, are sitting on classroom observation data that contradicts what the teachers self-report. Their findings are grim: Teachers are not using technology in the classroom, and neither are their students. The bottom line is that one doesn't really know for sure what is happening in classrooms with technology. So educators turn to best attempts, like these two studies, to give them a sense of how technology is--or is not--being used in education and how they can improve its chances for being used effectively.
Descriptors: Observation, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teacher Surveys, Measurement Techniques
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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