How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms


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Type of work: Report


e-Learning and Instructional Technology




A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers shows that digital tools are widely used in their classrooms and professional lives. Yet, many of these high school and middle school teachers worry about digital divides when it comes to their students’ access to technology and those who teach low-income students face obstacles in bringing technology into their teaching.


From the summary of findings:

  • AP and NWP teachers bring a wide variety of digital tools into the learning process, including mobile phones, tablets, and e-book readers.
  • Teachers worry about digital divides, though they are split about the impact of digital tools on their students.
  • Teachers of the lowest income students experience the impact of digital tools in the learning environment differently than teachers whose students are from more affluent households.
  • There are notable generational differences in how teachers experience the impact of digital technologies in their professional lives.
  • At times, teachers’ own use of digital tools can run counter to their concerns about and perceptions of student use.
  • The internet and digital tools also play a key role in classroom preparation and professional networking.
  • AP and NWP teachers outpace the general adult population in almost all measures of personal tech use, yet 42% feel their students know more than they do when it comes to using digital tools.