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Chapter 6: Technology Implementation in Schools

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Chart 6.12. Indicate when teachers were issued a computing device as compared with students. (Q13)

Timing of Teachers Receiving Computing Device 41% 42% 39%

33%

20%

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14% 6% 6% 1% 12 or more months before students

1:1

1-11 months before students

2:1 or 3:1

• 41% of respondents in 1:1 schools report that teachers receive devices 12 or more months before students, compared with 42% in 2:1 or 3:1 schools. • Significance of 1:1 technology: Only 20% of respondents in 1:1 schools report that teachers receive devices at the same time as students, compared with 33% of schools with 2:1 or 3:1 and 41% of schools with 4:1 or higher ratios. Schools with 1:1 programs appear to be following better instructional practices.

41% 38%

19%

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Same time as students

After students

4:1 or higher

Percentage of Respondents by Student-Computer Ratio

It is generally accepted that teachers should receive technology and training before students. Many experts suggest an interval of three to six months, with six or more months preferred. Teachers need time to become familiar with the equipment, operating systems, and tools and review the various resources that work with their lessons and state standards. A majority of survey respondents (63%) report that teachers receive devices before students. A surprising 32% receive devices at the same time as students, possibly because the teachers had previous computer experience. However, this would not allow teachers to gather instructional resources for their lesson plans before using the device for classroom instruction.

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