Top-line Results of a New Survey to K-12 Educators on Social Networking to be Released at Upcoming EdNET Conference

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New research study by edWeb.net, MCH, and MMS Education investigates educators' use and attitudes about social networking and Web 2.0 collaborative technologies. Preliminary results to be released at EdNET in Chicago Sept 13th - 15th.

Social networking keeps expanding in popularity, especially among students, but very little is known about how educators are using social networks and whether or not they see a value in this technology for education.

A new Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking and Content-Sharing Tools has been conducted to begin benchmarking educators' use and attitudes about Web 2.0 collaborative technologies like social networking, blogging, wikis, video-sharing, and more. The survey was developed through a collaboration of three national education organizations--edWeb.net, MCH and MMS Education--and was deployed at the end of August to more than 70,000 K-12 principals, teachers, and librarians.

Early results show that 62% of educators who responded have joined one or more social networking websites, and their participation on these sites has had a positive impact on their attitudes about using this technology for personal and professional purposes, and in the classroom.

The survey also shows that some school districts are placing significant barriers to the adoption of this technology in schools by barring access to many of the social networking and collaboration websites that students use regularly outside of school.

The survey probes how educators view social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Ning, and LinkedIn as well as professional education networks, including Classroom 2.0, edWeb.net, and We Are Teachers, among others. It also explores educators' use of popular content-sharing tools like blogs, wikis, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Google Docs, and more.

Understanding how educators use and value these tools can have an impact on policy decisions and spur professional development programs to close the gap between students' and educators' use of technology.

The Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking and Content-Sharing Tools is co-sponsored by edWeb.net, MCH, Inc. and MMS Education. Preliminary results will be released at the EdNET Conference, an education industry summit being held in Chicago September 13th-15th. The final report will be issued in October.

For further information or to request a copy of the final report, call 800-575-6015, ext. 100.

About the Sponsors

edWeb.net is a professional social network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. The edWeb is a user-friendly Web 2.0 platform that introduces educators to technology that students use every day, mostly outside of school. The edWeb is free for education professionals and for educational institutions. Education companies are invited to join as sponsors. The site is located at http://www.edweb.net. For more information, contact Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO, at 800-575-6015, ext. 100.

MCH, Inc. is a leading source of compiled data on education, health, and government institutions in the United States. MCH is a privately owned company that has been in the education market for over 80 years. MCH is a strategic partner of edWeb.net and is helping to spread the word about the edWeb to the preK-12 education community. For more information, contact John Hood, president, at 800-776-6373.

MMS Education is a national market research, consulting and marketing company specializing exclusively in the education market. MMS is particularly interested in how social networking and social media will provide enhanced opportunities for educators to collaborate peer to peer, and also as a way for education companies and nonprofit organizations to connect more directly with the educators who use their products and services in classrooms every day. For more information, see http://www.mmseducation.com or contact Susan Keipper Meell, CEO, at 800-523-5948.

For additional information about the survey:

Phone: 800-575-6015, ext. 100

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