Alarming Data from School Superintendent Poll

Gallup just released its findings from the first annual school superintendent survey. Check out these survey responses from the technology in the classroom section:

The ability to add technology universally in the classroom, with the intent of increasing student learning is still a substantial challenge.
• Forty four percent (44%) of superintendents strongly agree that the use of technology in the classroom increases student engagement.
• When asked if every student should have a laptop or tablet in the classroom to accelerate his/her learning, 37% of superintendents strongly agree.
• More than three in 10 (33%) superintendents strongly agree that a good teacher who uses advanced technology to teach creates a better student learning environment than a good teacher who does not use advanced technology to teach.

I find these data alarming and disturbing. Surely, if we cannot get America’s highest ranking education leaders to more progressively embrace technology and its uses in classrooms, we cannot accelerate progress for kids-on the teacher side and on the learning side. What is driving these perceptions?


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