Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Survey: Educator Participation in Social Networking Lags Well Behind Interest

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Survey: Educator Participation in Social Networking Lags Well Behind Interest

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PUBLISHED RESULTS of a nationwide survey indicate that more than six in 10 educators are at least interested enough in social networking to register on one or more social networking websites. What this will mean in the long run for social networking's impact on education, however, is unclear because educator usage of these sites is low.

"A Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking and Content-Sharing Tools," sponsored by educator networking site EdWeb.net, mailing list and database firm MCH (mailings.com), and education marketing research firm MMS Education (mmseducation.com), was sent in August and September to 83,000 educators throughout the US, including teachers, school librarians, and administrators.

Preliminary results released in September showed a majority of those surveyed who joined a social networking site had, in fact, only joined Facebook (facebook.com). But a substantial number of those who reported an interest in social networking as a tool for education and educational community building said they would eagerly embrace the idea of a social networking site primarily geared toward educators.

The path from expressed interest to active interest, though, appears to be not so aggressively taken. One telling figure from the final tally is that, of those surveyed who have joined either Facebook or a similar site, only about a quarter of them use the service on even a semi-regular basis. …

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