The Reality of Students and TechnologyThe reality of technology use amongst students is that it is now the norm, as is their access to personal mobile devices. The Speak Up Survey from 2013 showed that almost 90% of high schoolers and 50% of upper elementary students (grades 3-5) have smartphones. Personal access to laptops and tablets is also over 50%. And these numbers are certainly higher today than they were 3 years ago.
The good news is that this generation that has grown up with technology surrounding them have a sophisticated attitude when it comes to its use.
The Reality of Teachers and TechnologyWhile teachers are also big users of technology, the rate of adoption is not as high as that of students. Only a little more than 45% of teachers use video in class as part of instruction. Teachers also have not kept up with students in terms of the importance of social media. Students view social media as an intricate part of daily life and would like it to be a part of the classroom. Teachers, and other adults surveyed are not there yet.
The SurprisesWhile many of the findings of this study were as you would expect, there were still some surprising findings.
Kerri Gois is a freelance writer and marketing coordinator for BroadbandSearch.net. She is an avid reader and social media addict who also enjoys learning how to code, but is a novice at best. She's extremely passionate about the Internet and Technology and lives in sunny San Diego with her puggle, Bernard. Follow her on Twitter @kerrigois.
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