Majority of teachers reluctant to bring, integrate social media into lesson plans

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New studies suggest teachers have been slow to adapt to the times, showing their reluctance to adapt to the realm that is social media in a recent poll.

But platforms like Facebook and Twitter — and more deeply, the social connections they represent — are likely here to stay. As years pass, the number of connected people only continue to grow and age gaps on those who are connecting continue to erode.

Just two weeks ago, Facebook users reached a milestone when one billion users logged on and interacted with one another in a single day, meaning one out of seven people on the planet Earth were able to connect with one another.

Understandably, some 44 percent of educators think that advanced connection could be a tool to promote learning in classrooms. According to polls by the University of Phoenix, 87 percent of educators between kindergarten and grade 12 have yet to integrate social media.

More surprisingly, 62 percent say they’re reluctant to give it a try. According to the nationwide poll, that reluctance can come from a fear of new media, but also a lack of training.

Nearly half of those who were polled said they would make an effort to learn more if training is available to them. Of all of those polled, 62 percent say they’ve received no training, or very little training on new media platforms.

Experts at the University of Phoenix said they recommended slowly learning more about social media by engaging in it more personally, by starting small, potentially with closed or private social media sites.

If teachers are able to integrate social media into their curriculum throughout the year, experts suggest a more readily available supply of new information, particularly from experts from across the globe.

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