The third annual "Schools and Generation ‘Net" survey, conducted in October 2008 by Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD) and commissioned by Thinkronize, Inc., has been released. In the survey, more than 80% of educators expressed a need for resources that enable differentiated instruction to reach all students—based on the different reading levels, prior knowledge, interests, and learning styles students bring to the classroom. More than 85% of those surveyed wanted access to web resources that can help accomplish this.
The survey also found that more than 70% of principals and nearly 70% of teachers expressed a need for assistance in finding resources that meet state curriculum standards. And four out of five educators agreed that they need multimedia web resources, such as digital images, video, animation, and voice, to both stimulate and motivate their students.
Survey results confirmed that the internet represents a widely used and valuable resource for K-8 students, with more than 75% of teachers reporting that they were using the it for instructional purposes on a regular basis. And when planning and implementing instruction, about 75% of teachers and more than 85% of principals strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that student searching on the internet has been integrated into the curriculum.
However, principals and teachers have significant concerns about students’ abilities to find resources on the internet that are a good match for their instructional needs. More than 80% were either very concerned or somewhat concerned about students finding resources with content that is neither age nor grade appropriate. And approximately two-thirds of principals and teachers were either very concerned or somewhat concerned about students getting useless or irrelevant results when using search engines like Google or Yahoo.
This survey of 497 principals and 796 teachers in K-8 was conducted online in October 2008. It has a margin of sampling error of 2.7% across both types of educators. The margin of error is 3.5% for teacher findings and 4.4% for principal findings.
Source: Thinkronize, www.thinkronize.com