In the face of technology progressing every day, educators in countries around the world are facing similar problems. The integration of technology into the classroom is a complex process which, as one one might expect, means that there isn’t just one right way to go about it.
Recently Dell completed a survey of American and Chinese educators and students about technology in their schools. The results are intriguing, but not altogether surprising. American schools are noticeably behind in this process, a fact which parallels the US’ being ranked at 17th for education worldwide. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Chinese students and educators are entirely satisfied with the edtech they have either.
One of the most interesting statistics found was that more Chinese students than American students believe they need more technology in their classrooms. Now, what exactly does this mean? American students have less technology to utilize and yet less of them believe they need more. This could likely be explained by any number of cultural/political/etc. factors, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. And, either way, a majority of students indicated that the amount of technology being used in their educations is inadequate. But, as said before, this is a complex process, and providing students with exactly the right combination of time, technology, and training is going to take some time.
Another interesting result of this survey? 92% of Chinese parents would be willing to pay for the technology in their child’s classroom, while only 54% of parents in the US say the same. Herein lies the disconnect. In China, parents, students, and educators all agree on the necessity of increasing the amount and quality of technology in the classrooms, and are willing to do what it takes to achieve this. In the US, approximately 50% of students, parents, and educators respectively think technology needs in schools are not being met. And yet, parents aren’t all willing to contribute toward the goal.
It’s hard to draw conclusions from results like these, but the others are worth reading. What do you think? Is the US falling behind when it comes to education technology?