Those of us who routinely talk with precollege students have some insight into what these students think about schools. Project Tomorrow carries out a yearly survey to help capture some of these insights. Quoting from the Project Tomorrow website: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/pdfs/SU09NationalFindingsStudents&Parents.pdf.
For the past 7 years, the Speak Up National Research Project has provided the nation with a unique window into classrooms and homes all across America and given us a realistic view on how technology is currently being used (or not) to drive student achievement, teacher effectiveness and overall educational productivity. Most notably, the Speak Up data first documented and continues to reveal each year the increasingly significant digital disconnect between the values and aspirations of our nation’s students about how the use of technology can improve the learning process and student outcomes, and the values and aspirations of their less technology comfortable teachers and administrators. [Bold added for emphasis.]