Project Tomorrow has just released the Speak Up 2007 National Findings.
Over 319,223 students, 25,544 teachers, 19,726 parents and 3,263 school leaders shared their ideas through Speak Up 2007 surveys.
From their website: Speak Up 2007 revealed a growing “digital disconnect” between students and their teachers and parents about the role of technology for learning, and how well schools are preparing students for the jobs of the future. This disconnect is evident in the fact that school administrators (66%), teachers (47%), and parents (43%) say “local schools are doing a good job preparing students for the jobs and careers of the future,” but over 40% of middle and high school students stated that teachers limit their use of technology in schools. Forty-five percent of middle and high school students indicated that tools meant to protect them, such as firewalls and filters are inhibiting their learning.
“Students continue to be on the leading edge in terms of adopting, modifying and re-using digital content and technology tools to enrich both their personal and educational lives. The students in many ways are far ahead of their teachers and parents not only in the sophistication of their technology use, but in the adoption of emerging technologies for learning purposes,” said Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans. “It is in our nation’s best interest that we support and facilitate student usage of technology for learning.”
- 54% of students are interested in STEM careers
- One-third of teachers say they would like to teach an online class
- 84% of administrators say educational technology enhances student achievement
- 63% of parents say they know more about child’s schoolwork and grades because of school technology
By the way, congratulations to Julie Evans, recently named as an eSchool News “Ten Who Made a Difference” award winner. The annual Speak Up data shines a needed light on the huge gap between the vision of K-12 technology integration and the reality.