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PBS and Grunwald National Research Indicates Lack of Technology Infrastructure in Classrooms

K-12 teachers relying on free educational resources, such as media content, given budget cut-backs

ARLINGTON, Va. Feb. 2, 2011 "Deepening Commitment: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology,"

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PBS, a leading provider of free, streaming video from educational series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, first surveyed educators on their use of digital media and technology in 2002. Conducted annually, the PBS teacher surveys have found broadening adoption and deeper integration of digital media and technology in classrooms for all age groups, with teachers enthusiastic about new technologies.

Rob Lippincott

Among the key findings in the "Deepening Commitment: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology" report:

  • Over half of K-12 teachers (62%) frequently use digital media in classroom instruction.
  • Cost continues to grow as the main barrier to using fee-based digital resources, with 46% of teachers citing this as a barrier, and 33% citing time constraints.
  • Three-in-four teachers (76%) stream or download TV and video content, up from 55% in 2007. These teachers are also accessing content in completely new ways, with 24% reporting that they access content stored on a local server, up from 11% in 2007. Their use of short video segments of three to five minutes in length increased this year, with 29% reporting this is the average length of video segments used.
  • Teachers view TV and video content as more effective when integrated with other instructional resources or content. More than two-thirds (67%) believe that digital resources help them differentiate learning for individual students, and a similar number (68%) believe TV and video content stimulates discussion.
  • Pre-K teachers are also seeing the benefits of age-appropriate content and technology, with eight in ten (82%) reporting use of digital content. Half of pre-K teachers indicate that fee-based content is not age-appropriate for their students.
  • Teachers see great educational potential in smart, portable devices, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handhelds. Teachers value, use and want interactive white boards more than any other technology.
  • www.pbs.org/teachers

August 2010 "Deepening Commitment: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology" http://www.pbs.org/teachers/research/

http://www.pbs.org/teachers 2011 PBS Teachers Innovation Awards http://www.pbs.org/teachers/innovators/ interactive whiteboard games for educators http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/

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Contacts:

Stephanie Aaronson

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Jake Landis

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SOURCE PBS

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