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Classroom Trends: Teachers as Buyers of Instructional Materials and Users of Technology

Classroom Trends: Teachers as Buyers of Instructional Materials and Users of Technology

Classroom Trends: Teachers as Buyers of Instructional Materials and Users of Technology is the first of four publications from MDR that will make up the State of the K-12 Market Report series. This report is based on wide-scale survey findings from more than 1,300 teachers and key trends affecting classrooms today. It focuses on a variety of topics including the types of materials teachers buy for their classrooms, teacher roles in school and district selection of educational products, how they find and create their own instructional materials, digital instructional materials, and the overall adequacy of instructional technology in their schools. Actionable recommendations for providers of education-related products and services are presented as well.

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From the survey data reported in Classroom Trends, findings include: (1)In aggregate, teachers spend an estimated $1.75 billion each year on instructional materials and school supplies from school-provided classroom budgets or out-of- pocket funds. (2)Teachers spend 7 hours per week searching for instructional resources (both free and paid-for) and another 5 hours per week creating their own instructional materials. (3) Instructional materials used most frequently come from the teachers themselves or staff at their school (66%), followed by commercial materials provided by the school (51%).

Chapter 1: Overview
Profile of U.S. Public School Teachers
Background of Respondents
Chapter 2: School-Funded Classroom Budgets
Budget Dollars per Classroom
Teacher Purchasing Power Through Classroom Budgets
Materials Purchased with School-Based Classroom Budgets
Chapter 3: Teachers’ Personal Funds
Out-of-Pocket Spending per Teacher
Teacher Purchasing Power for Instructional Materials Through Teachers’ Personal Funds
Materials Purchased with Teachers’ Personal Funds
Professional Development Purchased with Teachers’ Personal Funds
Chapter 4: Finding Materials and Purchasing
Sources of Information About Instructional Materials and School Supplies
Social Media Usage for Professional Purposes
Sources to Purchase Instructional Materials and School Supplies
Factors Influencing the Purchase of Instructional Materials
Teachers’ Role in the Purchase Process
Chapter 5: Instructional Resources: Time and Frequency
Frequency of Use
Time Spent on Various Tasks
Chapter 6: Teaching Methods
Chapter 7: Technology
Features of Digital Instructional Materials and Assessments
Availability of Classroom Technologies
Adequacy of Classroom Technologies
Roadblocks to Using Purchased Digital Products
Challenges of Using Apps in the Classroom
Chapter 8: Key Takeaways
Appendix: Survey Materials

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