Teachers are overwhelmingly turning to social media and online resources to drive their own professional learning, according to new Speak Up Survey data released by Project Tomorrow on July 30.
The data gives district administrators insight into what teachers still struggle with in the classroom, as well as the professional learning approaches they say they most value.
Teachers are turning away from face-to-face professional learning conferences (47 percent did so in 2010, compared to 40 percent in 2017) and are:
- Watching videos or TED Talks (from 40 percent to 46 percent)
- Participating in webinars or online conferences (from 15 percent to 34 percent)
- Using social networks to seek help from other teachers (from 14 percent to 33 percent)
- Taking online courses on their own (from 20 percent to 23 percent)
- Using Twitter or other social media to follow education experts or other teachers (from 5 percent to 23 percent)