What We Have Experienced

  • While many schools now have a technology infrastructure (computers and internet access) in place - this technology is most often being used for "test prep" work and not for rich-technology instructions. A recent report from the national center for education statistics found 83% of district respondents agree with the statement "teachers are interested in using technology in classroom instruction," while only 58% agreed that "teachers are sufficiently trained to integrate technology into classroom instruction."
  • K-12 schools have less than optimal IT staff levels to effectively support the technology present in their buildings. The number of computers per computer technician in K-12 education is estimated at 612 compared with 150 computers per technician in private industry.
  • Children from under-resourced areas are less likely to attend schools with advanced level computer science course than those attending more affluent schools. Studing computer science, regardless of a student's ultimate occupation, will provide the critial computational thinking, knowledge, and practices necessary to be ready for college or career.
  • Technology professionals positively respond to the "call to service" and make a valuable contribution to schools across the country. K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations need and benefit from the kind of support TECH CORPS volunteers provide.