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Pew Report Shows Teachers Taking Up Broadband Technology


Broadband has become a go-to educational resource, a platform for a wide variety of online learning tools, and a place for peer-to-peer collaboration. A recent Pew Internet and American Life Project study shows how high-speed Internet has transformed the way teachers fulfill their education goals.

Here are a few highlights:

  • An Online Education Library. 92% of teachers surveyed say the Internet has a “major impact” in terms of providing resources, content and materials for their curriculum.
  • Teacher Collaboration.  The Internet makes it easier than ever to benefit from the knowledge of other educators; 69% of teachers say broadband plays a significant role in sharing ideas with other educators.
  • Interacting with Parents & Students. Two-thirds of teachers say the Internet has substantially improved their ability to interact with parents, and 57% say it has enhanced communications with students too.
  • Integrating Digital Tools. An array of digital tools has become a prominent part of classroom and at-home learning. For instance, 73% of AP and NWP teachers say they or their students use cell phones for classroom learning or homework. Additionally, 45% of teachers say they utilize e-readers and 43% use tablet computers in their classrooms or to complete assignments.

For more of Pew’s findings, including analysis of students segmented by household income, click here.

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