Posts Tagged ‘survey’
I asked all five of my classes (130 trainee teachers) to participate in a short survey about Google Docs. To date, 114 of them have responded.
I used Google Forms to create the survey. Part of the automatically generated summary is shown below (click image to see it in original size).
As expected, nine out of ten have not heard that schools will adopt Google Apps by the end of the year. The announcement was made only in late September.
I am hoping that my attempt at integrating Google Apps will not only ease the transition but also enable them to learn the concepts of EdPsych2 more actively, collaboratively and meaningfully.
Like last semester, I wondered if I should maintain this blog between semesters. Also like the last semester, I have decided to do so, but perhaps less frequently. I will probably tweet (microblog) more.
Yesterday I found two articles:
Why “versus” in the title? In the context of that Chronicle piece, professors saw Web 2.0 and mobile technologies as barriers to teaching. I see them as enablers of learning. See the difference?
Teachers Driving Web 2.0 Use in Schools Says National Research Survey
Could the same be true for teachers here in Singapore? I am vaguely aware that there are school districts in the US that clamp down on social networking sites and even have policies that dictate that teachers should reject “friend” requests from students!
As far as I know, we have next to no barriers like these. But I doubt that teachers here are driving educational Web 2.0 use. They should see what my classes get up to for inspiration!
UPDATED on 8 Apr 09:
Teachers Lead Adoption of Web 2.0, but Perceptions Stifle Social Networking
See page 2 of the Web article for why “83 percent said that few or no teachers are using social networking technologies”.
I not only think that Web 2.0 tools should be integrated in education because of how they can change the way we teach and learn, I also think that they are important for the future of our children. Sure, the technologies will change, but the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they learn will transfer.
I get loads of RSS feeds of companies reporting the importance of Web 2.0 for commerce. A recent international survey by Blackline of 557 business professionals revealed that:
65.3% business professionals say that Web 2.0 services allow them to achieve business objectives and 78.1% believe they help increase collaboration among employees.
53.7% of the respondents to the survey disagree with the idea that Web 2.0 tools distract professionals from their jobs and lower productivity, and 71% don’t consider "Web 2.0" to be a hype.
Blackline is not alone with its findings. Don’t believe me, search yourself. Better still, just use RSS and let these findings come to you!