Web 2.0 in Schools: Policy & Leadership

May 8, 2009

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A new report released by The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the premier professional association for district technology leaders, found that while school district administrators understand the significance of Web 2.0 for teaching and learning, the actual use of Web 2.0 to improve the learning environment in U.S. schools is still limited

The study, Leadership for Web 2.0 in Education: Promise and Reality, was conducted to gain better understanding on the role of digital media in American schools and the results underscore the importance of aligning the realities of the classroom with education administrators positive outlook on Web 2.0.

Key findings include:

– Web 2.0 is outpacing the capacity of K-12 education to innovate

 – Keeping students interested and engaged in school is the top priority for Web 2.0 in American schools

– District administrators are overwhelmingly positive about the impact of Web 2.0 on students’ lives and their education

– The majority of administrators believe that student use of Web 2.0 should be limited to participation on approved educational Web sites

– The majority of school districts ban social networking and chat rooms while allowing prescribed educational use for most of the other Web 2.0 tools

– Curriculum directors reported that Web 2.0 will be used most effectively in social studies, writing, science, and reading at all grade levels

Today’s students are the first generation to grow up surrounded by digital media and they need to be given the chance to explore educational opportunities presented by the technological revolution. Although we are still at the early stages of bringing dramatic technological changes to our society, it seems this does not automatically translate into teaching and learning.


Zoomerang Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4, 2009

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People in education turn to Zoomerang to gather the information they need to make their survey a success using Zoomerang’s pre-designed education survey templates. Here are a few example templates that are available at the Zoomerang Education Survey Center:

Course Evaluation

Student Satisfaction

Teacher/ Faculty Satisfaction

Course Availability

Professor Evaluation

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week May 3 – 9 2009 signup for Zoomerang Pro this week and get 2 months free on a 1 year subscription.

Hurry, this special offer is only valid during Teacher Appreciation Week May 3 – 9 2009!

Zoomerang Pro gives students and teachers full access to all the features they need for project research, course evaluation, student satisfaction polls, and more – all on an education budget. As a Pro subscriber, you’ll enjoy unlimited education survey questions and responses, education survey customization including skip logic and branding, plus key reporting features like output to Excel, filtering and custom charting.

*Education survey success story: The University of Nebraska – Lincoln uses Zoomerang for benchmarking, course planning and post-seminar feedback


Academic Survey Applications

December 11, 2008

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Deploying a Zoomerang survey can provide you with valuable information for all of your educational research and training needs as well as give you insight straight from the classroom and the community. You can gain immediate feedback from students, staff, parents, alumni, etc…

 

Take a look at how Stepping Stones For Teachers is currently utilizing Zoomerang for an educational software survey

 

A+ is currently using Zoomerang for a survey on School Board Governance

 

In Touch describes a Zoomerang survey on a staff workshop survey

 

The Coweta County Board of Education in Georgia has posted three optional school-year calendars for viewing and comments by the public, with the results collected via a Zoomerang survey

 

As you can see by the varied examples above, surveys have become a valuable research tool to the academic world at large. Using a survey provides you with an easy and efficient way to gather the needed feedback in order to resolve the issues that matter to you most.


Parents Want More Technology In Schools

December 8, 2008

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Studywiz Spark announced the results of a nationwide parent survey regarding online access, mobility, gaming and safety within the school environment. The results show that 92% of the parents surveyed say that they would like to have online access to the same content distributed to their children, but only 49% report that their schools provide such access.

 

Key findings of the study also include:

 

The most important perceived benefits to parents of online access are access to missed work assignments and the ability for parents to be more involved

 

Of those who do not have online access to their children’s schoolwork, only 23% think they would log on to view it every day if they could. Of those who have online access, only 9% log on to view their children’s schoolwork every day. This indicates minimal need for concern about hovering or “helicoptering” parents

 

Of those who have online access, 65% of respondents log on at least once per week

 

75% of respondents report comfort with multimedia tools, but this percentage increases to 95% given an environment that is safe and teacher-monitored

 

78% believe that more should be done with the technology in the school, either reporting that more computers are needed (33%), more should be done with what the schools already have (33%) or a move should be made beyond computers to a wider range of technologies (16%)

 

59% of parents believe that an ability to access their children’s schoolwork through their mobile devices would be beneficial

 

96% support the use of games provided they are educational. 53% show particularly high enthusiasm, stating either that games should be a part of schoolwork, or that students learn more from games than regular schoolwork

 

The possibilities offered by increasing technology in schools are expanding all the time. Consider using a Zoomerang online survey yourself to determine the technology interest level of your school’s parents and faculty as well as what their potential usage levels might be. What better way to help you determine the best invest for your budget dollars? 

            Check out the results of the Zoomerang survey