According to recent surveys from Pew Research Center, educators are more dependent on mobile devices than ever before:
- 92% of these teachers say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content, resources, and materials for their teaching
- 69% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to share ideas with other teachers
- 67% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to interact with parents and 57% say it has had such an impact on enabling their interaction with students
Further, four in ten educators report using e-readers for classroom assignments. Unfortunately, teachers of lower income students are 17% less likely to engage mobile technology in classroom instruction.
Lower income teachers are twice as likely to say that their students’ lack of digital knowledge poses a major challenge to their learning. Teachers are not the only proponents of digital learning, Bill Gates are Mark Zuckerberg recently starred in an online video promoting programming and code knowledge as part of a well-rounded education.