.org 3Teachers most commonly use digital tools to have students conduct research online, which was thefocus of an earlier report based on these data.
It is also common for these teachers to have studentsaccess (79%) and submit (76%) assignments online. More interactive online learning activities, such asdeveloping wikis, engaging in online discussions, and editing work using collaborative platforms such asGoogleDocs, are also employed by some of the teachers in the sample.Overall, 62% of AP and NWP teachers feel their school does
a “good job” supporting teachers’ efforts to
bring digital tools into the learning process, and 68% say their school provides formal training in thisarea. Still, 85% of these teachers seek out their own opportunities to learn new ways to effectivelyincorporate these tools into their teaching.
Teachers worry about digital divides, though they are split about the impact ofdigital tools on their students
These teachers see disparities in access to digital tools having at least some impact on their students.More than half (54%) say all or almost all of their students have sufficient access to digital tools
, but only a fifth of these teachers (18%) say all or almost all of their students have access to thedigital tools they need
54% of AP and NWP teachers say all or almost all of their students havesufficient access to digital tools while IN SCHOOL, but just 18% say thesame is true AT HOME
How many of your students have sufficient access [INSERT] to the internet and other digital technologies they
need to effectively complete school assignments…
Source: Teacher data from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project Online Survey of Teachers, March 7 to April 23, 2012, n=2,462 middle and high school teachers.
Teachers of the lowest income students are the least likely to say their students have sufficient access tothe digital tools they need, both in school and at home. In terms of community type, teachers in urbanareas are the least likely to say their students have sufficient access to digital tools IN SCHOOL, while
See “How Teens Do Research in the Digital World,” available at