Excellence in education requires that technology be integrated with learning throughout the educational program – not merely added on.
Increasing access to technology is essential for the future, and one of the learning tools of 21st Century students is an electronic tablet. The individual use of tablets is a way to empower students to learn at their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace.
According to studies and school reports, students who use a computing device (in a one-device-per-student setting) are more organized and engaged learners, attend school more regularly, advance their knowledge and understanding of technology, and become constructors and designers of information and ideas.
A tablet is a next generation device that makes learning more engaging and accessible. In addition, tablets are an interactive, light weight and always up-to-date digital alternative to traditional textbooks.
This technology will make many of our goals possible, including higher levels of individualization, inclusion, relevance, academic achievement, well-rounded growth and preparation.
Annual Perception Survey Data:
- Parent Perception, results from 2014 through present
- Student Perception, results from 2014 through present
- Staff Perception, results from 2014 through present
Wenatchee Learns Survey Data from 2012
Summary of Findings
Basic support for electronic tablets is strong enough to justify some kind of implementation strategy – especially focused on the eager adopters in middle schools. But the 17% opposition from non-parent citizens (coupled with 23% neutrality and 6% uncertainty) suggests that the public is not at all ready to put additional money on the line to support the change. A public education effort or a staged implementation plan to create interest and confidence (or both) may be necessary to bring the public along.
Highlights from Data
Middle school support for tablets is unprecedented. 85% are not merely supportive but excited (the highest level of excitement for any change), a degree of enthusiasm for an idea by a particular group that dwarfs excitement for all other proposals. This suggests middle school is the place to implement tablets.
High schoolers also welcome tablets for learning (78% supportive), but voiced much weaker demand than their younger counterparts. This is consistent with earlier input from middle schoolers, who were instrumental in raising the idea of tablets for learning. A number of middle schoolers expressed frustration with their teachers’ reluctance to adopt learning technology.
District staff are strongly aligned in their support for tablets, although teachers tend to be more excited than non-teachers.
Non-parent citizens feel differently about tablets from other groups, showing only 54% support (e.g., versus 74% for parents) – and 17% opposition. Non-parent citizens also register 6.4% uncertainty about the new technology, the second highest level of uncertainty for any group on any topic save year round school among non-teacher district staff (10% unsure).