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Survey: 25% Of U.S. School Districts Lack Social Network Presence. Is Yours One?

A survey by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and convergemag.com reveals that 25% of school districts in the U.S. do not have a presence on at least one social networking site. Other social networking survey findings among U.S. schools districts show:

  • 72% have policies to address teacher/student interactions on social networking sites
  • 62% have developed and published online social networking policies
  • 42% are in the process of formulating social networking policies
  • 5% are not actively developing social networking policies

Regarding digital content curriculum, 35% of U.S. school districts lack a strategy for the use of technology in their respective districts. Criteria for evaluating a district's digital content strategy include using e-textbooks, Web 2.0 tools, instructional games and simulations, video and audio. LeiLani Cauthen, vice president of the Center for Digital Education says:

“New and emerging technologies challenge the process of teaching, learning and the way education is managed. Survey responses reflect innovation in action, and how boards and districts are adapting curriculum, communication and collaboration by embracing digital technologies."

The survey also recognizes districts that use technology in three key areas:

  • To govern the district
  • To communicate with students, parents, and the community
  • To improve district operations

Districts were divided into three categories: enrollment over 12,000, enrollment between 3,000 and 12,000, and enrollment less than 3,000. The #1 districts in each category with the fullest implementation of technology were:

The top 10 districts in each category can be seen at convergemag.com. Underwriting for the survey was provided by Avaya and Samsung.
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