Not surprisingly, a new survey shows that teachers and students are driving the adoption of Web 2.0 technologies in schools, but that human and technological barriers are holding back the use of these technologies as learning tools in many classrooms.
The survey, commissioned by Lightspeed Systems and Thinkronize Inc., creator of the kids’ search engine netTrekker, shows that online communication tools for parents and students have caught on quickly, but online social networking for instruction has a long way to go.
The most frequently identified “human-factor” barriers to the use of Web 2.0 technology were:
— the need to monitor appropriate use of online social networks (55 percent)
— lack of teacher knowledge about how to use the technology effectively (51 percent)
— teacher perceptions about its lack of instructional value or appropriateness (48 percent)
The most frequent technology barriers were:
— concerns about student safety (76 percent)
— concerns about district network or data security (35 percent)
— limited support systems, including technology personnel (27 percent)
You can read more about the survey at eSchoolNews Online.
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