Thursday, April 19, 2018

Education Leaders Have Concerns About Technology

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.

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