ERIC Number: ED537691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Social Media Arrive in School; Principals Look at Impacts
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Social media have the potential to improve educational opportunities for high school students, but also present legal and policy challenges for public school principals. Those were among opinions expressed in the 2010 Principals' Partnership Poll. The most frequently-cited request by the 306 respondents was help in integrating social media into the curriculum. But principals also pointed out that as social media come into the schools, legal and policy implications arise. Professional development on social media for teachers and other adults was a frequently-cited necessity. School leaders recognize that many educators are not as familiar or comfortable with social media as students are. Thus, teachers require training to understand the most effective ways to bring social media into the curriculum. Principals also see that social media can be effective in communicating with families, community members and alumni. However, they believe they need help in developing the best ways to use this technology. While they see social media as a potential plus to instruction, principals are concerned with the impact unstable funding may have. With budget uncertainty districts may not be able to take advantage of social media and other technology in classrooms.
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Principals, Educational Change, Integrated Curriculum, Legal Problems, Administrator Attitudes, Internet, Bullying, Computers, Social Networks, Educational Innovation
Education Partnerships, Inc. Web site: http://www.educationpartnerships.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)