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Over the last two decades, technology has created countless new ways for educators to engage students, but at DonorsChoose.org, as a nonprofit that fields requests for technology every day, our statistics have told us for years that it’s not enough. In 2015 we decided to do something about it, and publish the data below. Among other revelations, it shows that, while K-12 teachers recognize the value of technology, they struggle to secure the resources they need, and they need more and more all the time. After you read this, let's try to fix that.
Sharing classwork or creating a portfolio
Field work and experiments
Design work, prototyping and Maker projects
Our teachers have credited iPads with allowing them to:
Providing legally blind students the ability to easily zoom in to see instructions
Making it simple for students with physical issues to write
Improving attention spans by captivating and motivating students using the device
Giving students with vocal issues a voice with the use of alternative communication apps
Among teachers who have tablets in the classroom, 86% of teachers have their students share tablets.
Only 6% of teachers have a tablet for every student.
Among teachers with desktop computers in the classroom, 71% of teachers report students share computers.
Only 5% have a desktop for each child.
% of Tech Projects Requested That Don’t Get Funded
40% increase in achievement between high- and low-poverty students since 1970.
High-income families spend 7x more on educational enrichment than low-income families.
DonorsChoose.org conducted a nationwide survey of 1,622 teachers who had successfully used our site to fund classroom technology projects in the 2014-2015 school year. Additionally, we pulled data from the DonorsChoose.org database—publicly available through our data blog and our impact page—and analyzed 15 years worth of data from more than 618,000 classroom projects in public schools.