Teachers nationwide understand the role technology plays in their classrooms, and more educators want access to new, state-of-the-art devices.
In a recent study conducted by PBS LearningMedia, 91 percent of participants surveyed said they have access to classroom computers, but only 22 percent said their technology needs are being met.
The study also revealed that 63 percent of respondents said their school budget is the largest barrier to new technology. This figure was higher in low-income communities, where 70 percent of teachers cited budget restrictions.
Schools that offer cutting-edge technology can reach their students on a more impactful level. Classroom technology such as a tablet computer, a document camera or an HDMI projector can be used to present lesson plans in more innovative ways than traditional teaching methods.
"Over the past decade, we've seen broadening adoption and deeper integration of digital media in classrooms for all age groups, with teachers enthusiastic about the power of new technologies to foster learning," said PBS Education senior vice president Rob Lippincott.
The research found that the most widely used classroom technology includes websites, online images and internet games or activities.