K-12 teachers rate own technology skills as average or below average

In a recent survey, two out of five K-12 teachers rated their technology skills at average or below average. | File photo
According to a recent survey by the University of Phoenix College of Education, which was conducted online by Harris Poll, two out of every five K-12 teachers rate their educational technology skills as average or below average, and only 15 percent of them gave themselves an A.

“Teachers are deliberate and thoughtful in their approach to student learning, and with continuing advancements in technology, it can be difficult for districts and teachers to determine the best way to effectively use these tools,” Dean of Educational Technology at the University of Phoenix College of Education Kathy Cook said. “The good news is that technology integration has become a substantial component to teacher preparation and continuing education programs for teachers. Social media has also provided new ways for teachers to share ideas for technology integration in classrooms.”

The use of technology in the classroom is on an upward trend and is reshaping the student experience in schools while redefining education and classroom learning. However, many teachers feel as though they are missing out on important opportunities due to their lack of technology skills.

More than half of K-12 teachers rely on technology in their classrooms.

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