n an effort to meet classroom technology needs for teachers, TDEC (Technology & Distance Education Committee) is continually exploring ways to strengthen technology support across the North American Division. In November 2016, TDEC asked for your assistance in assessing current technology use by completing an NAD Teacher Technology Survey.
Before stating results, some demographics need to be affirmed. At the time of this article, 595 teachers responded to the survey and 66.5% of the respondents were 40 and above. Over half (52.5%) had been teaching 16 years or more. The majority of the respondents were K-8 (62.5%) teachers.
Some encouraging results were stated:
Some concerning results were stated:
Dr. Michael England
Professor of Education at Southwestern Adventist University
Dr. Michael England has been teaching in the Education Department at Southwestern Adventist University for 21 years. Prior to that, he had taught for 19 years in K-10 and was principal at 3 junior academies. He still teaches science/social studies in his wife’s 4th grade classroom 3 days a week.
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The last part of the survey focused on teacher’s needs and professional development. They felt they needed more planning time (59.2%), more time with colleagues on how to use technology (58.7%), technology integration strategies (42.4%), and i-Pads/tablets for every student (41.7%). The professional development that the teachers would be most interested in attending was multimedia development (51.6%), Google Apps (48.7%), and use of content-specific software (46.1%). The results of this survey will be extremely beneficial in developing Adventist Learning Community (ALC) classes for continuing education credit.