The Missing Gallup Question: How Are Schools Using Technology?

The Missing Gallup Question: How Are Schools Using Technology?

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:00am

CAMPAIGN: Education


The release of the 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals a high level of public engagement in the issues surrounding public education. Americans are demonstrating greater levels of immersion and increased awareness of efforts to transform learning and teaching, such as Common Core, charter schools and assessment. However, a glaring omission from the national conversation in the poll is any reference to how teachers are leveraging the power of technology to motivate and engage students.

If we were to tour schools across the country, we would see technology in many schools and classrooms. We’d see some students using mobile devices, laptops, interactive whiteboards and tablets to learn in new ways. We’d see many more students using devices to do what they’ve always done, such as take notes and search for information. The push to digital learning started decades ago, so why, when we talk about education, do we want to separate learning and technology? Students today don’t know a world without technology. We need teachers to evolve their practice to effectively facilitate student use of these new tools and resources to learn differently.


Read the full article on ISTE, here.

CATEGORY: Education