When researching sources for statistics for my infographic I ran across an article called “EdTech Stats About the Current State of Technology in Education” by Fractus Learning. The article shared different polls and studies from many different credible sources. Something that I also thought was interesting was within the links to the different polls most all had infographics on their websites.
According to a May 2013 poll of teachers across the US by Harris Interactive… “86% of teachers think it’s “important” or “absolutely essential” to use edtech in the classroom. 96% of teachers think edtech increases student engagement in learning. 89% of teachers think edtech improves student outcomes. 92% of teachers would like to use even more edtech in the classroom than they already do” (Bates). A few stats on the lower side say that only 14% of teachers use digital curricula weekly. “Only 19% of teachers use subject-specific content tools weekly” (Bates). And only 11% of teachers are implementing “BYOD” (bring your own device) programs. A good was for me to let the viewer visualize this information is make the larger numbers in large font so that there is no confusion in the high numbers. In this type of advertising you want the viewer to assume that the larger numbers stand for positive things. In this case they do.
Toward the end of the article it shares the percent of social media in schools. Whereas these percents are more middle of the road it’s still an important amount of information that ties students into technology. The article reads, “According to a July 2013 oBizMedia Infographic …96% of students with internet access report using social media, 59% of students who use social networking talk about education topics online, and 59% of schools say their students use social networking for educational purposes” (Bates). The main thing that I want to stress with this infographic is that students use technology for all sources of communication. Which honestly isn’t that what our English teachers were trying to beat in our heads all those years? The article states, “35% off schools have student and/or instructor-run blogs, and 46% of schools have students participate in online Penpal or similar international programs” (Bates). Students use the internet for an outlet of communication. This source will be extremely important to my infographic because this is where all of my statistics will come from. It was the perfect example of what I wanted with the sample infographics on hand.
Bates, Laura. “18 EdTech Stats About the Current State of Technology in Education.” Fractus Learning. N.p., 26 Aug. 2013. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.