The quality of technology affects online learning


While previous reports have found remote learning to be disruptive to K-12 learning, it turns out that the quality of technology students have access to plays a significant role in online learning outcomes. That’s according to a NewSchools Venture Fund/Gallup study that surveyed teachers, parents and students in grades 3-12 in 2020.

Low-income families have access to lower-quality tools

Researchers asked more than 1,100 teachers to rate the quality of their digital learning tools, including websites, apps, online tutorials, online games and videos, or programs used to support learning. student learning and schoolwork. Teachers from schools with a higher percentage of children from low-income families reported having lower quality learning tools, while teachers from schools with fewer low-income students were more likely to report having “great” or “good” digital learning tools.

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Learning from home is easier with better technology

According to teachers, parents and students in the study, there was a correlation between the quality of digital tools and learning outcomes.

Teachers who said their students found learning from home “easy” or “very easy” were much more likely to be those who said they had great digital tools.

Expectations for the future of learning

Researchers also asked about future learning expectations. They specifically compared the percentages of two types of respondents who expressed high confidence in their school’s ability to deliver high-quality education among two groups: those who gave digital learning tools an “excellent” rating and those who gave them a “mediocre” rating. .


The percentage of US school districts that are now meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s Internet connectivity goal of 1 megabit per second per student, which represents a 25% increase over 2020 figures.

Source: Connect K–12, “School Connectivity Report: 2021 Funding Year,” January 2022

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