Study: School leaders see digital classrooms as key to student learning

Two-thirds of school leaders say 1:1 computing classrooms are the future of education—despite recent public scrutiny about the value of technology in education.

More than 300 district superintendents, assistant superintendents and school principals from districts with 2,500 students or more participated in a market research survey fielded by Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc. (IESD). Curriculum provider Time To Know funded the survey, which had a margin of error of +/- 5.5 percent.

The majority of respondents (63 percent) said that a teacher-led classroom with computers for each student, where the teacher acts as a coach, is what education should look like in the future. In addition, 80 percent of respondents said they would prefer a comprehensive curriculum program with 1:1 computer access, an interactive whiteboard, and some student materials available in print form. In contrast, less than 5 percent preferred most materials in a print format with some practice and homework to be completed on the computer.