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Social networking on the rise for educators

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Facebook remains the most popular social networking tool among educators.

Educators’ use of social networking sites has seen a large jump since 2009, according to a new report that surveyed educators’ membership, use, privacy practices, and other social networking habits.

The report, A Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking, Online Communities, and Web 2.0 Tools 2012, was conducted by MMS Education and sponsored by edWeb.net and MCH Strategic Data.

“As part of edWeb’s participation in Connected Educator Month, we offered to update our 2009 survey to see how participation in social networking has changed in three years. We know from our work in the field that it’s increasing, but it’s great to have concrete data to look at and to see how participation varies by age, by job function, by context,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net.

“Based on the comments we received, educators need more training and support to move forward faster, and we have a long way to go to open up access to these kinds of sites for students in the classroom.”

Eighty-two percent of all educators belong to at least one social networking site. Facebook still is the most popular social network that educators join, but membership in LinkedIn, edWeb.net, and Classroom 2.0 is increasing. Educator membership also is high on Twitter, Google+, and Edmodo.

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