To connect with those working on the front lines of education technology, SmartBrief on EdTech editor Katharine Haber asked readers about their thoughts on what 2013 will bring for technology in schools.
According to our results, about one-third of respondents see classroom technology as the most significant issue on the horizon, while a slightly smaller group is concerned about online education, followed by computer-based testing and digital citizenship.
When asked how their schools and districts are using technology to enhance student learning, a majority of respondents reported that some teachers are employing tech tools in the classroom, while a significantly smaller proportion said technology is playing a broader role throughout the curriculum or being integrated through blended-learning programs or “bring your own technology” programs.
Readers reported that online applications and games are the most effective tools for engaging students, while digital textbooks and resources, along with mobile devices, are not far behind.
Interestingly, few respondents see social media as an effective tool. Given the ongoing buzz about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, this response begs the question of whether many schools simply are not using social media as part of classroom instruction.
There are arguably numerous factors to consider when using social media with students, and many schools and districts might be blocking or otherwise prohibiting use of such websites on campus. However, given their popularity, is it possible there is an untapped resource here? What do you think?
What do you see as the most significant issue in education technology for 2013?
Technology in the classroom
Which statement best describes how your school or district is integrating technology into student learning?
Some teachers use tech tools as part of classroom lessons
Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum
Our school/district has a bring-your-own-device policy
Our school/district employs blended learning
Which tech tools most effectively engage students in your classroom, school or district?
Online apps and games
Digital textbooks and resources
Katharine Haber is an associate editor for SmartBrief, writing and editing content about a variety of topics in education.