Although most teachers have access to computers in their classes, only one in five say they have the right level of technology, according to a recent PBS national survey of teachers grades pre-K-12.
Limited budgets were cited as the biggest barrier to accessing technology, according to 63 percent of teachers. In low-income communities, lack of funding was cited for 70 percent of teachers as the biggest obstacle.
Not surprisingly, educators who work in affluent school districts have more support from parents and school boards for providing tech tools for classrooms compared to those in low-income neighborhoods — 38 percent versus 14 percent said they received lots of parental support; and 38 percent versus 21 percent said the same for school board support.
PBS is leveraging the report to call attention to its library of free digital media available for use by teachers. The PBS Learning Media is a repository of more than 16,000 digital assets, including lesson plans, background essays, and discussion questions for pre-K-12 educators that align with Common Core State Standards.
Here’s more from the report:
While the vast majority of teachers have access to computers, less than two-thirds (59 percent) have access to an interactive whiteboard, a newer technology that can be used more broadly Continue reading