Project Tomorrow surveyed 294,399 K-12 students, 42,267 parents, 35,525 teachers, 2,125 librarians, 3,578 school/district administrators and 1,391 technology leaders representing 6,541 public and private schools from 1,340 districts. Here are a few more particularly interesting findings from the most recent survey:
• Over twice as many teachers and administrators have a personal smart phone today than in 2008.
• While only 11 percent of teachers regularly updated their social networking site in 2007, over 44 percent are active Facebook users in 2010. Forty-five percent of administrators are also Facebook users now.
• Reflecting the exploding interest in digital content and e-textbooks, four times more administrators (35 percent) are concerned today about how to evaluate the quality of digital resources than just one year ago (9 percent).
• Thirty percent of teachers are now using podcasts and videos in their classroom instruction – an increase of over 50 percent since 2008.
• Teacher interest in teaching an online class has grown by 76 percent in just two years.
• And as classroom instruction is becoming more digitally-based, administrators are ranking digital equity and student home tech access as a much bigger issue. While only 12 percent of administrators listed digital equity as a concern in 2007, 30 percent of our education leaders today consider student access an important district challenge.
The full report is here.