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Teachers' perceptions of digital media use in the K-6 classroom

The primary focus of this study was to research teachers’ perspectives on the use of digital media and digital technology within their classroom. Initial research was conducted on the growing digital divide between school districts’ lack of use of digital technologies in their classrooms versus the ever growing need for students to be reached on a digital level. A survey was sent to teachers at 2 different school sites within 2 different districts. The survey consisted of 18 questions and focused on both the teacher’s personal use, as well as professional use of digital media and digital technologies. The results revealed a direct correlation between a teacher’s age and their use of digital technologies in and out of the classroom. The evident generational gap also showed a link between a teacher’s age in relation to their overall comfort levels utilizing digital media and digital technologies.

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