According to the EdTech Trends and Predictions for 2013, we already know that social media will play a major role in enhancing education.

Key Findings:

  • More than 8 in 10 agree that technology makes learning easier, makes teachers more accessible and gives students a personalized learning experience.
  • 71% say students have access to more advanced technology at home than they do at school.
  • 53% say that we use too much technology in our daily lives; however, only 29% say there is too much technology in the classroom.
  • 82% agree there should be more technology in the classroom.
  • U.S. students say they use technology at school for research/search (61%) and special assignments (53%).
  • Chinese students say they are the most likely to use it for summer enrichment (80%)
  • 73% of students say they use home devices primarily for school work, but only half of all students.
  • 83% percent of respondents globally believe technology gives students a more personalized learning experience.
  • Most (71% of global respondents, 86% of U.S. teachers, 76% of U.S. students and 83% of U.S. parents) say learning outside the classroom and beyond the school year is important.
  • Students agree, with only 40% in the U.S. and 26% in Germany saying their teacher knows how to use technology better than they do.
  • Teachers say core training focuses more on teaching practices (77%) and technology (55%) than on integration of technology in curriculum (55%) where it can make a greater impact.
  • 1 in 4 students say they access social media in the classroom on at least a daily basis.
  • Most teachers in the U.S. and Germany say they never access social media in the classroom.
  • About 6 in 10 U.S. respondents say they disapprove of students using social media in the classroom to share what they are learning, while most respondents in China say they approve of social media for this purpose.

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