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ERIC Number: ED559731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-28
Pages: 108
Abstractor: ERIC
How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms
Purcell, Kristen; Heaps, Alan; Buchanan, Judy; Friedrich, Linda
Pew Research Center
A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers shows that digital tools are widely used in their classrooms and professional lives. Yet, many of these high school and middle school teachers worry about digital divides when it comes to their students' access to technology, and those who teach low-income students face obstacles in bringing technology into their teaching. This report presents the main findings of an online survey of a non-probability sample of 2,462 middle and high school teachers currently teaching in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, conducted between March 7 and April 23, 2012. Some 1,750 of the teachers are drawn from a sample of advanced placement (AP) high school teachers, while the remaining 712 are from a sample of National Writing Project teachers. Survey findings are complemented by insights from a series of online and in-person focus groups with middle and high school teachers and students in grades 9-12, conducted between November, 2011 and February, 2012. This particular sample is quite diverse geographically, by subject matter taught, and by school size and community characteristics, but it skews towards educators who teach some of the most academically successful students in the country. Thus, the findings reported here reflect the realities of their special place in American education, and are not necessarily representative of all teachers in all schools. At the same time, these findings are especially powerful given that these teachers' observations and judgments emerge from some of the nation's most advanced classrooms. In addition to the survey, Pew Internet conducted a series of online and offline focus groups with middle and high school teachers and some of their students and their voices are included in this report. The study was designed to explore teachers' views of the ways today's digital environment is shaping the research and writing habits of middle and high school students, as well as teachers' own technology use and their efforts to incorporate new digital tools into their classrooms. The current study builds on Pew Internet's extensive research on how U.S. adults and teens gather information online, communicate using digital tools, and use these tools for their own training and education. This is the second of three reports emerging from the study. [For the first report, "How Teens Do Research in the Digital World," see ED537513.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pew Research Center; College Board; National Writing Project
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico; United States; Virgin Islands