PBS and Grunwald National Research Indicates Lack of Technology Infrastructure in Classrooms

Unattributed, PBS, Feb 09, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Forget the official media. "Teachers spend 60 percent oftheir time using educational resources in the classroom that are either free or paid for by teachers themselves." The major way they access media in the classroom is via streaming online media. Three-in-four teachers (76%) stream or download TV and video content, up from 55% in 2007." Meanwhile, they turn to online networks for support. "One in four K-12 teachers (26%) report membership in an online teacher community, such as PBS Teachers, citing connection, collaboration and shared resources as reasons to join." They do this despite a lack of adequate classroom technology; the report (full PDF version) from PBS and Grunwald National Research " indicates an insufficient capacity of computing devices and technology infrastructure to handle teachers' Internet-dependent instructional activity." Via EdTech Digest.
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