Speak Up Day for Teachers 2004 Results

Various authors, Net Day, Jul 06, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Don't know whether this will generate headlines outside our field, but it might. NetDay, a non-profit organization helping "educators meet educational goals through the effective use of technology," ran this survey during Speak Up Day in May. The survey presents a glowing report; as TechLearning summarized it today, "teachers highly value the importance of technology in their professional lives, with 87% ranking technology as important or very important to their professional responsibilities." Well, sure. The teachers 'speaking up' in favour of technology are largely in favour of technology. That's probably why the survey also finds that, "defying conventional wisdom, older teachers are as comfortable and fluent using technology as their younger colleagues." The conventional wisdom is based on good grounds; this survey, consisting as it does of a badly unrepresentative sample, does not.
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