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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