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What Do Teachers Really Want? More Tech, Says Survey

by Adriana Lee | July 29, 2012July 29, 2012 6:00 am PDT

With Back to School season only a few weeks away, it’s only fitting to talk a little about classrooms and teachers. And, it turns out, what teachers want in the classroom is more technology.

A new survey from PBS LearningMedia shows that teachers see tech as a way to increase student engagement and help learning comprehension and retainment. This stands in pretty stark contrast to policies that forbid consumer electronics in schools, but what remains the same is the primary roadblock to more technology-connected policies — budget.

Sadly there’s no quick cure for that, but the organization does utilize technology to help teachers optimize their approaches. PBS LearningMedia offers a slew of resources for parents and teachers, including free, on-demand video and interactive content, as well as classroom-ready lesson plans. It even provides a “PBS TeacherLine,” to help teachers finetune their methodology by drawing upon research-driven educational concepts.

In other words, they’re trying to help teachers make education more effective and engaging. What’s not to love about that?

[via PopGadget]

Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...