A national survey from PBS LearningMedia—a new and free media-on-demand service featuring over 18,000 digital assets from national organizations like NASA, National Archives and PBS programs—finds teachers want even more access to classroom technology. PBS LearningMedia released Monday at FETC that 93 percent of K-12 teachers believe interactive whiteboards enrich classroom education and 81 percent feel the same way about tablets, but 63 percent of teachers cited budget as the biggest barrier to accessing this technology. “Over the past decade, we’ve seen broadening adoption and deeper integration of digital media in classrooms for all age groups, with teachers enthusiastic about the power of new technologies to foster learning,” said Rob Lippincott, Senior Vice President, PBS Education. “It’s clear most teachers are embracing technology and need more resources, and PBS is committed to offering innovative tools and resources to support learning in classrooms across America,” says Lippincott. “PBS LearningMedia has been designed with teachers for teachers,” adds Michele Korf, Senior Executive for Educational Media at WGBH, “And it will continue to grow and adapt to meet classroom challenges,” Korf says. PBS, a leading provider of free teacher resources and digital content for use in the classroom, has regularly surveyed educators on their use of digital media and technology since 2002.
By: Victor Rivero