A little over a month ago, Glogster EDU began survey research on Social Media usage, specifically on where, when, how and which social media sites educators were. We summarized and parsed results by US regions, west coast, east coast, central USA, and Canada. The results of this survey were interesting and provided insightful information for the future of Social Networking in the classroom. Read about the results of the research, and we welcome your comments on your own experiences.
Are we allowed to use social media in the classroom?
The overall feeling from the survey showed that not only are educators opening up to the idea of utilizing social media in the classroom, but schools are beginning to allow teachers use it in curriculum. Canadian educators were shown to be the most open to encouraging the use of Social Media in the classroom, with an amazing 80% saying that they did advocate for it’s use. Results were about the same In all regions of the U.S. 60%-70% used social media.
But promoting the use of Social Media in the classroom is only half the battle. Whether or not educational institutions allow teachers to use Social Media as an educational tool is also an issue. We provided 3 answer options to the question “Does your school allow you to use social media in your curriculum?” (yes, no, they don’t mind me using it) and the results were varied.
In Canada, it appears that although the educators are the most willing to utilize social media, many school systems do not allow it’s use. 50% replied: “No” to this question. The west coast region of the U.S., however, responded with over 60% “yes” to this question. Both the east coast and the central USA responded nearly the same for this question: approx 20% no, 43% yes, 35% they don’t mind me using it.
Why do we use social media?
Educators, as a whole use Social Media in many different ways and for many different reasons. According to the results, the top three reasons to use Social Media are to connect with colleagues, to follow important news, and for fun!
What Social Networks are you using at work and home?
Not surprisingly, the widest margin between work and home usage of social networks occurred with Facebook. Approximately 83% of respondents are using Facebook at home, whereas less than 20% do so at work. Glogster EDU was the most widely used Social Network at home. Both Google+ and Edmodo were popularly used in the workplace.
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Find the official results of the Social Networking survey here.