A new infographic from a survey conducted among K-12 educators reveals current teaching methods, learning styles and their adoption rates. As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls for a national move to digital textbooks, only about 37 percent of educators polled say they plan to move away completely from paper textbooks within the next five years. Why? Because almost 75 percent claim that such a transition would be difficult with their school’s current infrastructure.
What about online assessment? These numbers are a bit more optimistic. Almost half of schools polled say they plan to move exclusively to online testing within the five years, and only 15 percent say that such a move would be impossible or difficult.
If you’re talking about online assessment, the conversation could then naturally move to social media for teaching purposes. Coming in at 32 percent as the most popular social media platform is … (are you ready for this?) … Google Plus! Yes, it’s that one social network that is still chugging along, despite efforts—which some tech specialists would call futile—to dethrone Facebook. I have to say, I’m slightly skeptical about the accuracy of this number. What seems more likely in my mind is that the educators being polled believed they were being asked about the classroom integration of Google services like Docs and Gmail. I doubt that educators and students are making full use of Google’s social network, but I don’t doubt that Docs and Gmail are popular in classrooms.
But then again, isn’t the collaborative work ethic and learning experience inspired by Docs and Gmail a kind of social network? It certainly is, huh? Well played, Google. Well played.
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