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PBS Survey: More Teachers Using Digital Media

More than three-quarters of teachers reported using digital media in their classrooms, up from 69 percent in 2008, says a new survey conducted by PBS and Grunwald Associates. Of those who reported using technology in their classrooms, 80 percent use it roughly once a week or more. The survey also found that about 30 percent of pre-K teachers, who were surveyed for the first time this year, use digital media in their classrooms.

The survey, which has been conducted annually since 2002, also found that teachers have greater access to technological equipment, such as computers with Internet access and DVD players. K-12 teachers most frequently use the Internet to find games and activities for students, followed by professional development resources, and lastly for collecting images.

The survey also found that more than half the teachers agreed that digital media helps engage and motivate students, stimulate discussion and creativity, and makes them more effective.

Overall, it seems that teachers are embracing new forms of technology in greater numbers than ever before and feel more confident integrating digital media into lessons. I recommend checking out the entire survey, since it's chock full of information pertaining to how teachers use technology.

The survey, which included responses from 1,418 full-time teachers, was conducted online.

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