Came across this interesting little tidbit off of eSchool News online today. Parents, teachers and students were asked to voice their opinion on how they felt technology was being utilized in schools. Some of the highlights of the survey results include:
- The study shows that students
want to learn math and science through real-world problem solving,
visiting places where they can view science in action, and talking with
professionals in the fields
- Use of digital cameras, MP3 players, and laptop computers in grades
3-12 has increased significantly during the past two years of the
- 53 percent of students in grades K-12 use video games
on a weekly basis. Girls are just as likely to be playing as boys until
- 75 percent of teachers believe the use of technology in
schoolwork has resulted in increased student performance and
- One-fourth of students are eMailing their teachers.
- One-third of students are interested in taking an online class.
How do these results translate to what we are doing as DEN educators. I personally believe we are in the forefront in what I refer to as "preaching through modeling" the importance of educational technology tools. Important to note is the second bullet in the list. Through digital storytelling and podcasting we are showing our students ways to express themselves in genuine and authentic measurements. Furthering the claim that 75 percent of educators feel technology enhances student achievement. The stat to hold in our collective thought processes shows exactly WHAT our students want to learn: "to learn math and science through real-world problem solving, visiting places where they can view science in action, and talking with professionals in the fields."
Listen to their voices as we are going out into the classrooms. I know I will be sharing this with my administrators and teachers alike.
Eschool News Online: http://www.eschoolnews.com
Parent, Teachers, Kids Speak up on EdTech: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStoryts.cfm?ArticleID=6951&page=2