Educators call for more efficient edtech in the classroom

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Teachers continue to struggle with technology use in the classroom according to a new study.

Nearly 100 percent of teachers believe it is important to have access to technology in the classroom, but 89 percent of teachers and administrators feel that personalized learning models need improvement.

These results are part of a new survey released by PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology that serves more than 57 million users in 70 countries. The survey canvassed about 800 U.S. teachers and administrators last month to understand their technology needs.

Almost all of the teachers surveyed agree that unifying classroom applications would allow them to spend more time teaching, with 96 percent of all teachers and administrators saying it is important to have a single online interface that shows student performance.

This feedback supports the latest revamp of PowerSchool 10.0, a unified, digital student information system. The upgrades include new features and user-adaptable enhancements, PowerSchool officials say.

The PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook, for example, is a digital grading platform that will be enhanced so teachers can more easily manage standards-based grading. Educators will be able to view student grading trends and communicate those trends more quickly with parents and students. The tool was designed and developed by teachers, and will be compatible with any device so educators can be effective anytime and any place, according to PowerSchool officials.

“We think this rendition of the grade book will make the job for our teachers easier,” said Betty Wagner, coordinator of information technology at the Hatboro-Horsham School District in Pennsylvania. “It means a lot to us that PowerSchool has listened to the users and built us the best gradebook yet.”

Other additions to PowerSchool 10.0 include a graduation planner that allows data to be accessed directly in a streamlined process. It also accommodates users with disabilities. With 67 percent of all teachers and administrators looking for educational software and technology to help them save time, according to the report, PowerSchool technology is expected to help.

As part of their announcement, PowerSchool is also giving 32 lucky ISTE attendees a chance to win a $1,000 education grant.

Follow EdScoop for more live updates at ISTE starting Monday.

Reach the reporter at darlene.aderoju@edscoop.com and follow her on Twitter @buuukky.

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