- Out of the 4,300 teachers surveyed by TES Global and the Jefferson Education Accelerator, 63% want to be primary decision-makers about tech in the classroom.
- However, 38% of respondents claimed that they aren't currently a part of the tech decision-making process, which means they are less empowered and have less "buy-in," eSchoolNews reports.
- When asked about the No. 1 influence on ed tech choices, 48% of respondents identified cost, more so than student outcomes (22%) and teacher buy-in (9%), the report noted. An additional 45% of teachers said that tech trainings had failed to make them more comfortable with new offerings.
Bob Pianta, Chairman of the Jefferson Education Accelerator, said nobody "is better situated than classroom teachers when it comes to observing which education technologies are driving meaningful improvements to student learning outcomes."
Without buy-in, it's unlikely that teachers who have been cut out of the decision-making process about ed tech purchases will feel a sense of ownership. That's a problem because a lot can be gained from motivated and enthusiastic teacher-buy in.
There's nothing new about teachers feeling failed by tech trainings. Events like hands-on training days have been proven to help, and a reporter from EdSurge recently found that the "biggest snag in any [successful ed tech] implementation starts with poor vision and a lack of communication."
To aid communication, teachers should be consulted early on when it comes to the tech they'll use in their classrooms.