Benefits of Current Educational Technology: A comparison of Student and Teacher Preparation in a Rural Illinois School District
Abstract: With an ever-increasing push towards educational technology use, much emphasis has been placed on the implementation of technology programs in today’s classrooms. The purpose of this study is to identify and compare teacher and student perceptions of educational technology use in a small, rural school district in central Illinois. Participants were asked to complete an electronic survey to collect quantitative and qualitative data about their perceptions of educational technology in the school district. Via a combination of descriptive analyses and independent sample t-tests, data was compared across school buildings and between student and teacher samples. It was determined that there are not currently major discrepancies between teacher and student perceptions of educational technology use in the participating district. Results have implications for only this school district suggests that district officials do not need to alter policies or practices regarding educational technology at this time.