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Cool Tech Tops Back-to-School Wish Lists for Teachers Too

August 24, 2011 by Doing

SAN FRANCISCO – August 25, 2011 – Every year technology dominates back-to-school shopping lists for students clamoring to show off the latest and greatest. They’re not the only ones who love hi-tech. Believe it or not, teachers also take part in the yearly back-to-school shopping ritual and they too have technology hardware and software must-haves on their lists. In an informal survey conducted by software developer, Wondershare, the company found the top five technology items that teachers wish to have in their classrooms this year include:
• Tablets – 82 percent
• Teaching software (e.g. quiz creators, PDF file convertors, online tutorials, etc.) – 73 percent
• Laptops – 72 percent
• Interactive whiteboards – 70 percent
• e-Readers – 61 percent

"It’s really amazing to see how technology has become such an important tool in education,” said Allen Qu, Wondershare’s vice president of marketing. “Of course these results confirm what we already suspected since teachers, students and parents make up a large percentage of Wondershare’s customer base. It will be interesting to see how consumer technology as a whole will further proliferate schools, homes, businesses and beyond as we become more dependent on it in our day-to-day lives.”

Not only does technology feature prominently on teachers’ back-to-school wish lists this year, but it is also held in high-regard as an indispensable tool in the classroom with 98 percent of teachers claiming technology helps them engage more with their students; 96 percent stating it helps their students engage more in class; and 97 percent saying that technology helps them accomplish more in the classroom overall.

The survey also reveals there is a definite technology shift happening in the classroom. For example, 87 percent of teachers say they currently have desktop computers in the classroom and 75 percent say they have laptops, but 82 percent wish they had tablets. This shows that technology in schools is beginning to align with where technology in general is headed at home and in business and teachers are trying to get their hands on the tools both they and their students are already using at home and would prefer to use at school.

What technology do teachers hope to confiscate this year? Portable gaming devices (63 percent), MP3 players (53 percent) and smartphones (42 percent) ranked as the top three gadgets. And though, like last year, teachers are prepared to catch students texting (59 percent), listening to music (46 percent), using social networks (44 percent) or playing mobile games (42 percent) in class, they may be willing to forgive such indiscretions as long as there are a few digital cameras in the classroom, which also ranked among the most popular items teachers (31 percent) expect students to bring to class and hope to confiscate this school year.

And finally, teachers are catching on to sneaky tech tricks and offer a piece of advice for students this year. Try to avoid blaming lack of Internet access, printer issues or computer crashes for not having your homework done, which 51 percent of teachers are used to hearing by now. Those excuses are right up there with claiming that your dog ate it.

To support education and help the back-to-school season go off without a hitch, Wondershare is offering "Wondershare Back to School" bundle kits designed for teachers, students and parents now through September 20. For each purchase, Wondershare will make a $1 donation to The SMART Program, an education non-profit organization that provides scholarships to middle school students in San Francisco, Calif.

About the Survey
This survey was conducted informally by software company, Wondershare via social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and through the company’s own community of teachers. The more than 100 survey participants were entered into a drawing to be one of twenty winners of five Wondershare bundles each:

• Teacher’s Survival Kit – This bundle includes Wondershare QuizCreator and PDF Converter Pro., which is designed to be the perfect teacher’s assistant, making simple tasks, like creating online quizzes, easy and fun!
• Survival Kit for Students – Includes popular Wondershare Video Converter, iTransfer and YouTube Downloader to help students download online videos and convert them into different video formats. Also, they can seamlessly transfer videos to multiple mobile devices.
• Survival Kit for Parents – Parents are always looking for ways to capture memories of their children. This bundle will include DVD Slideshow Builder and Video Studio Express, which can be used to make and edit movies and slideshows.
The winners will be announced via social media and notified via email the week of August 22.

About Wondershare
Wondershare Software Co., Ltd., an IDG invested company, is an innovative software developer dedicated to delivering the very best in software products and services to the worldwide consumer and business market segments. Headquartered in Shenzhen China, Wondershare has branch offices in the U.S., Germany and Japan. Wondershare has been named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific in 2009 and 2010.

Media Contact:
Vera Chen
Wondershare Software Co., Ltd.
Email: vera@wondershare.com