Teaching in a Digital Age

Much of the research and public debate about education technology focuses on student access to devices.  

But how are students and teachers using devices, and what digital learning strategies actually improve outcomes?

Phase 1: Recommendations from Educators on Integrating Technology with Instruction

Pearson, Digital Promise, National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), and the University of San Diego partnered to research digital learning strategies and how they can positively affect student learning. Separating tools from toys, this research strives to provide evidence-based recommendations for educators to implement in their classrooms.

Read the executive summary of phase 1 (PDF)

Research Methods

The research includes two studies, one to identify the digital teaching strategies teachers find most useful, and another to identify strategies teachers used most frequently in their classrooms.

In this first of two studies, 44 educators in seven districts from across the country participated. We selected teachers with expertise using digital teaching strategies in blended learning, bring your own device, flipped learning, one-to-one, and virtual learning classrooms.

Read more about phase 1 (PDF)

Participating Districts

Map showing aprticipating districts

Phase 2: How Are Teachers Using Education Technology?

School districts in the U.S. have more access to technology than ever before. Educators equipped with ed tech are forging new paths in teaching and learning. Pearson, in collaboration with Digital Promise, studied how teachers currently use technology in the classroom to understand how increased access and use of ed tech has affected instructional practices.

In Phase 2 of this research project, we’ve released a new interactive report, No Magic Pill: Missing Pieces in Education Technology Innovation. Our key findings reveal that having access to technology is only the first step and highlight the need for continued support and investment to truly transform classrooms and fulfill the promise of digital learning.

View No Magic Pill: Missing Pieces in Education Technology Innovation