Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Research: Teachers and Technology

Question: How are teachers using technology in their classrooms?

Gray, L., Thomas, N., Lewis, L., & Tice, P. (2010). Teachers’ use of educational technology in U.S.
public schools. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education Institute for Educational Science.
Retrieved May 20, 2010 from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2010040
AB6 Research in the Teaching of English Volume 45 November 2010

Reports the results of a national survey of teachers during the winter and spring of 2009 pertaining
to the availability and use of educational technology by public elementary/secondary teachers. Surveys were distributed by mail and web to a representative sample of full-time teachers from the fifty states and District of Columbia (3,983) from a sample of representative schools.

Answer: Teachers have access to a computer in their classrooms; LCD projectors; interactive whiteboards; digital cameras; electronic grading systems; word processing software; the Internet; presentation software; and spreadsheets.

Comment: The key question is not how teachers are using technology to teach, keep records, etc., but how students are using technology to learn. RayS.

“Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” Richard Beach et al. Research in the Teaching of English (November 2010), Internet. Note: The editors of RTE said that so much research was available they did not want to burden the paper edition of the journal with it, so they relegated their annotated reports on research to the Internet.

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