ISTE 2012 Attendees: PD Crucial to Technology Success in Classroom

Technology continues to play a critical role in K-12 education. Not surprisingly, 100 percent of the 43 participants interviewed by CompassLearning at the recent 2012 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference say that technology plays some role in the education of students at their school or school district. However, 37 percent say that professional development for teachers to help them embrace and properly use the vast array of technology options currently available is critical to the success of technology integration in the classroom. On the flipside, 30 percent of those interviewed believe technology presents a tremendous opportunity for students and teachers by giving them access to virtually unlimited resources across the Internet.

Key Findings:

  • Many teachers embrace technology: 40 percent of the respondents identified themselves as teachers, ranging across all grades and all subject areas.
  • Computers rule, iPads are on the rise: 33 percent of those interviewed mentioned the use of computers in the classroom, but 21 percent are using iPads as well.
  • Professional Development is crucial: 37 percent of respondents identified professional development as an essential component of the successful integration of technology into the classroom.
  • Money Matters: 35 percent identified the shortage of funding as the biggest challenge for education.
  • Access to unlimited resources and information: 30 percent of those interviewed identified access to a vast world of resources as a key benefit of technology, while 21 percent were excited about kids creating their own knowledge.

Forty-three attendees of the 2012 ISTE conference were interviewed, responding to four questions about technology use in the classroom, the biggest challenge facing education and the biggest opportunity for education. While not statistically valid, the direction of the answers is enlightening. For video compilation of the interviews, go to:

What is your job in your school/school district?



Tech Facilitator


IT Director/Manager


How is technology used?





Smart Boards


What is the biggest challenge facing education?

Teachers: PD/Embrace Technology




Too much technology choice




What is the biggest opportunity for education?

Unlimited Resources/Information


Kids Creating Knowledge


Break Down Classroom Walls