If you follow Versal closely, you know that we’re very enthusiastic about the promise of blended learning – the concept of mixing online and classroom experiences. Instructional dynamics are changing, and teachers are actively seeking new tools to connect with today’s “app generation” as they enter the classroom.
At the beginning of 2014, we surveyed over 400 teachers to better understand their perspectives on teaching with technology. Last month, we had an idea: let’s run the same survey again and see how things have changed. We were struck by several of the findings and trends. So we created an infographic illustrating about how teachers are using technology to adapt to this new generation of students. (See the infographic here and more detailed Teaching Digital Natives Data.)
It’s clear that the use of technology in the classroom is on the rise. We’re not surprised – we started seeing a significant increase in teachers signing up for Versal late last summer. Our latest survey validated what we’re seeing in the market: technologies that empower teachers are rapidly gaining popularity.
One encouraging finding? Teacher awareness of flipped classrooms rose from 58 to 73 percent. The fact that nearly three-quarters of all teachers surveyed are aware of the flipped classroom model indicates that online learning is now something teachers think about as part of their planning. This is supported by the growing number of teachers interested in creating online courses and lessons – up 8% year-over-year.
We believe these changes are just the tip of the iceberg. Versal has the potential to accelerate this shift with easy-to-use gadgets that make it dead simple to create engaging, interactive curriculum. By empowering teachers to engage students in new and exciting ways, technology will continue to transform the way teachers teach and students learn. Blended learning will become the norm and we hope to be at the center of that transformation.
Take a look at the infographic and let us know what you think. More specifically, how do these findings align with your experiences and what you hear from colleagues in the teacher lounge?