PBS LearningMedia has released a most interesting survey of pre-K-12 teachers on the role of technology in the classroom. Curriki is partnered with NewsHour Extra from PBS, the parent of PBS Learning Media, which is a great destination for tens of thousands of classroom-ready digital resources.
It’s clear from this recently completed survey that teachers are embracing various technologies and want to bring more technology into the classroom to enhance learning experiences and to increase the motivation of their students. However, limited budget for technology adoption is the biggest barrier, according to 63 percent of the teachers surveyed.
The digital technologies most employed by teachers include websites, images from online sources, and online games. The top reasons for the use of technology are to enhance student motivation, to reinforce and expand on the content being covered, and to promote a variety of learning styles.
Computers are widely available, but the level of technology is not adequate. As one example, interactive whiteboards are available to about 60% of teachers, but that means 2 out of 5 don’t have access to this very useful technology.
Rob Lippincott, Sr. Vice President, PBS Education stated “It’s clear most teachers are embracing technology and need more resources, and PBS is committed to offering innovative tools and resources to support learning in classrooms across America.” The PBS Learning Media digital resource site was recently launched and contains tens of thousands of assets, including content from PBS programs such as Nova, Frontline, American Experience, and Sid the Science Kid.
Curriki, of course, is all about the promotion of digital technologies and open educational resources to support teachers in employing a wide variety of learning modalities. We are happy to be collaborating with PBS to promote digital learning.