According to a survey by Education Week Research Center, principals and other leaders in the field of education are concerned about technology’s potentially harmful effects.
Key findings include:
• Most leaders say that students spend the right amount of screen time in school. However, most are also concerned that students get too much screen time at home.
• A majority of leaders report that digital technologies are an important supplemental resource used to personalize the learning experience based on each student’s strengths, weaknesses, and preferences.
• More than half of school leaders are extremely concerned about student social media use outside of school.
• Just under half of leaders are extremely concerned about cyber-bullying, and are also very concerned about students’ inability to gauge the reliability of online news.
• Compared to their elementary and high school peers, middle school leaders are most concerned about student sexting.
Overall, findings suggest that school-based leaders face multiple challenges as they educate children in an increasingly technology-focused world.
Education Week Research Center (2018). School leaders and technology: Results from a national survey. Bethesda, MD: Education Week Research Center. https://www.edweek.org/media/school-leaders-and-technology-education-week-research.pdf