Social media is increasingly used for teachers’ professional learning, but teachers seem more hesitant to use it as a learning tool with students, according to a survey from the University of Phoenix and Harris Poll .

Sixteen percent of the 1,000 K-12 teachers in the survey said they use social media in the classroom, and 28 percent said they do not, but would like to. But slightly more than half (56 percent) said they do not use social media with students and have no plans to do so.

“I think that 44 percent of teachers who use or would like to use social media in the classroom do so, or would like to do so, because in our casual and social use, we go to our social media to learn about things,” said Pam Roggeman, academic dean for University of Phoenix College of Education..

Forty-seven percent of teachers said students’ participation in social media with their teachers can enhance their educational experience, though just 23 percent said they encourage their own students to connect with them on social media.

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