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

District Use of Social Networks Up 44 Percent in Two Years

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

District Use of Social Networks Up 44 Percent in Two Years

Article excerpt

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have released key findings of the latest Digital School Districts Survey and have named top-10 districts in three classifications.

Social networking is up significantly, according to the survey, with 74 percent of respondents reporting that their district maintains a presence on at least one social network, an increase of 44 percent over two years. Use of microblogging platforms such as Twitter increased 38 percent over the same period, according to the report, with 69 percent of those surveyed stating their district uses one.

Other key findings included the following:

Nearly all respondents, at 94 percent, reported that their district allows teachers to use web 2.0 tools, up from 82 percent two years ago.

Logging a 6 percent increase since last year's survey, 71 percent of those surveyed reported that their district had a "digital content strategy" featuring tools such as digital textbooks, web 2.0 tools, educational games or simulations, video, or audio.

The biggest obstacle in preparing for upcoming Common Core online assessments, according to 32 percent of the respondents, is a lack of computers. …

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