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Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers finds that digital technologies helped them in teaching their middle school and high school students in many ways-the internet, mobile phones, and social media have brought new challenges to teachers. Striking differences in the role of technology in wealthier school districts compared with poorer school districts.
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the importance of e-learning

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Teachers’ internet access and use  Given the online format of the survey, all of the participating teachers are internet users.  The same is not true among U.S. adults, for whom overall internet use stands at 85%. Therefore, throughout this section, teachers’ figures are compared to all adults but also to just those adults who use the internet

Teachers’ internet access and use Given the online format of the survey, all of the participating teachers are internet users. The same is not true among U.S. adults, for whom overall internet use stands at 85%. Therefore, throughout this section, teachers’ figures are compared to all adults but also to just those adults who use the internet

Teachers’ smartphone ownership rates are higher than national figures; two-thirds of teachers under age 35 have a smartphone

Teachers’ smartphone ownership rates are higher than national figures; two-thirds of teachers under age 35 have a smartphone

Among this group of AP and NWP teachers, ownership of some gadgets varies considerably by age.  Older AP and NWP teachers are more likely to own desktop computers and e-readers, while younger teachers are more likely to have an iPod or a game console.  Laptop and tablet ownership are fairly consistent across age groups.

Among this group of AP and NWP teachers, ownership of some gadgets varies considerably by age. Older AP and NWP teachers are more likely to own desktop computers and e-readers, while younger teachers are more likely to have an iPod or a game console. Laptop and tablet ownership are fairly consistent across age groups.

Teachers worry about digital divides, though they are split about the impact of digital tools on their students These teachers see disparities in access to digital tools having at least some impact on their students. More than half (54%) say all or almost all of their students have sufficient access to digital tools at school, but only a fifth of these teachers (18%) say all or almost all of their students have access to the digital tools they need at home.

A survey of teachers shows that digital tools are widely used in their classrooms and professional lives. Yet, many of these middle and high school teachers are