Survey: technology empowers teachers

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Most of the teachers surveyed report that their students have benefited from the use of technology in the classroom. Also, eight out of ten educators feel that technology strengthens their instruction.

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A recent study shows that teachers are not afraid of educational innovations and the use of technology in the classroom. The majority feels empowered using them. Findings show teachers value technology, however, they see human connection as the most important thing in the learning landscape.

Educational content company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt surveyed more than 1200 American educators. One of its objectives was to portray the teaching sentiment regarding the use of technology in the classroom.

A surprising 96% of teachers state that their students have benefited from the use of technology in the classroom. Also, eight out of ten educators feel that educational technology empowers them to strengthen their instruction. A 54% think that collaboration between colleagues enriches their instruction.

In general, 53% of respondents feel optimistic when their work focuses on instilling critical thinking. They are also more aware than in past years of the value of data analysis to improve their work.

Although 95% of teachers say that they frequently seek to improve their practices, they do not receive support from their institutions in planning, time, or formal training opportunities.

Almost 70% of American teachers say that they earn meager salaries, 60% demand more financing in training, and 29% ask for greater access to technology.

In this regard, in Latin American countries access to technology in the classroom is much more adverse. For example, according to data from the OECD, in the US, there are 1.8 students per computer in the school, while in Brazil and Mexico there are 22.1 and 15.5 students per device respectively.

The report's specialists conclude that, although technology and educational innovations are valuable in improving the educational experience, increasing collaboration among teachers, the use of technology for teaching, relevant content, along with improved workflows and comprehensive support from institutions and parents remain a core of learning.