CTA Study shows 4 in 5 educators believe technology helps children learn

A new study conducted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the trade association representing the $398 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, has found that a staggering 79% of educators believe technology assists students in learning.

These results are the findings of an online survey (fielded July 10-17, 2019) conducted by the CTA of 502 teachers of children in preschool through to Grade 12. An additional online survey (fielded July 9-14, 2019) amongst 1,005 parents revealed 86% of parents feel that tech plays a vital role in education.

The majority of the participants in the survey believe that technology plays an important role in education. The study found that 92% of parents and 88% of educators agree that students enjoy interacting with technology. 91% percent of parents and 87% of educators agree tech allows students increased access to education. Additionally, 89% of parents and 87% of educators agree tech helps students develop technological skills for the future.

Although most teachers and parents felt that technology in education was beneficial, 34% of parents and 39% of educators in the study believe that tech is a distraction for students

The key findings of the study showed that parents say the tech devices most important in encouraging their child’s learning are:

  • Laptops (81%)
  • Tablets (77%)
  • Web-based software (74%)
  • Desktop computers (70%)
  • STEM products (67%)

The top five technologies parents say their children use most frequently (once a week or more) for learning are:

  • Video content (82%)
  • Mobile phones (76%)
  • Tablets (73%)
  • Laptops (62%)
  • Email (49%)

Educators of preschool through 12th grade said the top five technologies they use most frequently in their classrooms are:

  • Email (79%)
  • Laptops (69%)
  • Web-based software (67%)
  • Video content (58%)
  • Smart boards (56%)

Director of Research, Lesley Rohrbaugh at CTA says, “A growing number of parents and teachers agree that tech is a powerful tool for education, over a wide range of subjects. Tech is helping children learn at every stage of education – from early language training all the way to mastering STEM concepts.”

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