The more technology advances, the more devices we incorporate into our daily lives—sometimes without even knowing. Children in the U.S. are being exposed to the screen younger and younger, with 80% of parents saying their 5–11-year-old children use a tablet, 63% of those also regularly using a smartphone.1
With so many students being experts in tech by the time they even begin school, the education community must find ways to keep their classrooms engaged and involved.
While most students like their learning environment and connect with their teachers, the 2023 State of Technology in Education reports they would prefer more interesting lessons and the opportunity to work with more updated tech. In fact, 96% of surveyed students agreed that technology makes lessons more enjoyable. When asked what they would change about their school, 60% admitted they wanted more interesting ways to learn the curriculum.
Is technology a distraction in the classroom?
Some studies show technology can become a distraction in the classroom. But education technology, like interactive flat panels, prove their value again and again. Instead of distraction, students feel more dedication—with 88% saying education technology helps them understand and focus on their lessons easier, according to the 2023 State of Technology in Education.
Almost half (46%) of the students surveyed want to see more tech in the classroom, but will they get it? Unfortunately, nearly 20% of educators say staff shortages have affected tech funding, leaving teachers without IT support which is already limited in the best of times. This makes it more important than ever to implement tech that’s easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to grow with over time.
Trending now: How are students using edtech today?
The 2023 State of Technology in Education report shows students are using a wide array of technology, both at home and in the classroom. It’s no surprise tablets come in at number one, with 74% of students ranking tablet tech as their favorite way of utilizing technology.
Smartphones follow tablets as the second most favorite device, with approximately half (46%) saying it’s their main source of technology. Apps (44%), online assessments (44%), and online content and resources (44%) tie for third as the most used technology in the classroom, suggesting students appreciate having content online and easily accessible.
What about the teachers?
After working so hard to create engaging lessons incorporating new technology and meeting the needs of their students, it’s important to know that dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed. 84% of students said their teachers work hard, while 78% feel their teachers care about them, make them happy, and help their confidence.
Interested in more trends and statistics from your peers or students around the globe? Download the 2023 State of Technology in Education report to learn what matters most in education right now, including social-emotional learning, staffing shortages, and the future of education technology. And, learn how the Promethean ActivPanel can support engaged, personalized learning in your classroom.