A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers shows that digital tools are widely used in their classrooms and professional lives. Yet, many of these high school and middle school teachers worry about digital divides when it comes to their students' access to technology and those who teach low-income students face obstacles in bringing technology into their teaching.
- Successful Strategy: Most teachers reported benefitting from the internet on a regular basis for following developments in their field, finding engaging content for students, and/or help with creating lesson plans.
- Observation: Teachers in urban schools are least likely to say their students have sufficient access to digital tools in school, while rural teachers are the least likely to report that their students have sufficient access at home.
- Observation: Younger teachers are more likely than older teachers to describe themselves as "very comfortable" with new digital technologies, and they are more likely to have students participate in online discussion and use collaborative web-based tools.
- Observation: Teachers of low-income students are less likely to receive resources and support to incorporate digital tools in the classroom.