Teachers use of digital media

I’ve posted several entries lately about digital media use in education.  The recent buzz surrounding digital media focuses on its impact in reaching and empowering students.  It seems that educators are slowly realizing its potential – according to recent survey data from PBS and Grunwald Associates.  It’s a good thing, considering that the majority of information consumed by the average American comes from digital media (see previous post). 

PBS and Grunwald Associates released data from their annual survey on teachers’ use of digital media.  The findings are encouraging – teachers are increasingly seeing the value of digital media in the classroom and more teachers are using media in the classroom.  Some highlights from the survey data:

  • More than 75% of those surveyed reported using digital media in their classroom, up from 69% in 2008.
  • 30% of pre-K teachers (surveyed for the first time this year) use digital media in the classroom.
  • Teachers have greater access to tech equipment.
  • Teachers use Internet to: 1) find games/activities for students, 2) locate PD resources, and 3) collect images.
  • Half of the teachers agreed that digital media helps engage and motivate students, making them more effective.
  • Increasing numbers of teachers are joining virtual professional communities—and many are comfortable using social networking tools in their personal and professional lives.
  • Frequency of use is up:  more than four in 10 teachers (44 percent) say they use digital media in their classrooms two times a week or more.

Perhaps the tide is changing!