New Insights on Teachers’ Ed-Tech Ambitions, Abilities Revealed in Survey
Many companies trying to find a market in K-12 schools face a question that fills them with anxiety, if not outright dread: How much technology can teachers handle?
That question can prove critical to whether an ed-tech provider will succeed or fail.
If technology is seamless and easy for educators to manage, it can clear the path for a digital provider. If it overwhelms them, the odds for companies’ get much longer, right out of the gate.
A new survey conducted by the Education Week Research Center offers ed-tech providers insight on how educators think about technology and its uses in classrooms. The results will probably prove both encouraging and dismaying to companies.
First, the uplifting news: A majority of K-12 educators responding to the survey, published in this year’s special report Technology Counts, see themselves as willing to take chances on classroom technology. Twenty-four percent describe themselves as risk-takers, and 47 percent see themselves as early-adopters when it comes to using technology.
That’s a finding that contrasts with some of the stereotypes of educators–that they’re instinctively resistant to trying out new digital tools.
Many teachers also see themselves as important decisionmakers when it comes to what technology ends up getting usedNew Insights on Teachers' Ed-Tech Ambitions, Abilities Revealed in Survey - Market Brief: