Promethean Surveying Teachers About Digital Learning

The ed tech company is looking for teachers and administrators to participate in its sixth annual State of Technology in Education survey, which will assess adaptations schools have made in the past year.

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The educational technology company Promethean is asking teachers and school administrators for their insights and concerns about the state of digital learning in its sixth annual State of Technology in Education Survey, according to a news release last week.

The company hopes to paint a picture of how schools in the U.S. and U.K. have progressed in digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as assess their concerns and expectations about remote and hybrid learning moving forward.

The survey will build off last year’s report, which gathered insights from about 1,200 teachers and administrators who stressed the need to enhance educational technology strategies and policies.

In last year’s report, 82 percent of respondents said they believed technology would be routinely combined with traditional resources and teaching methods over the next decade. Nearly 45 percent said schools must provide additional training for teachers, while about one-third said their schools had no formal, outlined strategy for using technology.

The survey found that 20 percent of educators felt “very prepared” to implement remote learning, while 41 percent said they were somewhat prepared, having the right IT resources in place without the proper processes. Sixteen percent said they had the right processes in place, but not the IT. About 15 percent said they were ill-prepared, and 8 percent said they felt completely unprepared for the shift.

The 2020 report also noted that expectations of teachers will likely change as school districts across the U.S. plan to offer remote and hybrid learning options in the years ahead.

“Teachers will need to understand technology better, and administrators should make ongoing training a priority. Above all else, we cannot let remote and hybrid learning remain a footnote in our school and district strategy planning,” the conclusion read. “In a post-COVID world, the classroom is no longer contained within four walls, and ed tech will be the key to expanding beyond them.”