by Karen Meaney
September 23, 2016
As more technology is made available for classroom use, school administrators have realized they need to provide teachers with training on how to use that technology and integrate it into their practice. More than 80% of K-12 teachers responding to a 2016 survey from Simba Information and MCH Strategic Data indicated they have received or accessed training around their classroom technology.
The training most often originates at the district level. Among surveyed teachers, 42.9% said the school district is the major source of the technology training they receive. Less than a quarter of responding teachers, 23.4%, cited their school, and 17% said they are accessing technology training most often on their own.
Districts and schools are providing training to teachers in a variety of ways. Hands-on training by a trainer is the most common method cited by surveyed educators, 30.5%, but it is closely followed by attending conferences and/or seminars, 29.6%. Only 6% of surveyed educators said they had been directed to web training by their school or district.
The findings above come from K-12 Classroom Technology Survey Report 2016 http://www.simbainformation.com/PreK-Digital-Survey-9618091/, a September 2016 publication from Simba Information that details the technology available to teachers and students in classrooms and how it is being used. The new report builds on previous Simba reports, providing updated information on the most important findings of reports like K-12 Technology Tools & Trends, Digital Market Survey Report and the Education Market Research reports on classroom hardware.
An expansive index breaks down the findings of the teacher survey by the experience level of teachers and the demographics of their school district, including size, location and socioeconomic factors.
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