Social Media survey June 2011


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This presentation contains the data from a survey conducted among educators in Australia concerned with Science education.
A summary of the data contained in this survey can be found at

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Social Media survey June 2011

  1. 1. @ASTA_online Social Media survey June 2011 Survey designed and conducted by Nigel Mitchell Manager of Online Professional Learning Australian Science Teachers Association 27 May – 26 June 2011 Email [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>A discussion of the findings of this survey is published online at </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who participated in this survey? <ul><li>The survey was launched during a workshop at CONSTAWA, the annual conference of the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia. </li></ul><ul><li>It was advertised on the ASTA Twitter and Facebook accounts, through the ASTARIX email list, and through state Science teacher Association (STA) email lists. </li></ul><ul><li>The survey was open from 27 May – 28 June 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>158 respondents completed the survey, and a further 10 partially completed it. All responses are included in the analysis. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The survey included responses from a wide range of teachers. Specialist Science teachers made up 50% of the total respondents, with the remainder being generalist teachers, specialists in other areas, administrators and academics.
  5. 5. The various sectors of Australian education were well represented in the survey sample.
  6. 6. The sample included respondents from all states and territories.
  7. 7. Exactly 50% of the respondents identified themselves as personal members of their STA. The fact that only 3 respondents (2%) were unaware of their membership status is encouraging.
  8. 8. The age profile of the survey sample seems to represent fairly closely the profile of the profession as a whole.
  9. 9. The survey sample represents a wealth of experience in the teaching profession.
  10. 10. Teachers’ use of web 2.0 tools <ul><li>The first set of questions relate to the use of web 2.0 tools in teachers’ professional and personal lives. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Email is ubiquitous, and it is noteworthy that more than 50% of respondents use Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia regularly in their personal lives.
  12. 12. Email, YouTube and Wikipedia are the main web 2.0 tools used by teachers for academic study and lesson preparation.
  13. 13. When we move from personal use to interaction with others, the impact of all web 2.0 tools other than email falls away markedly.
  14. 14. Facebook and Twitter are used to some extent for interaction with professional colleagues beyond the immediate workplace, but Email remains the most widely used medium.
  15. 15. The use of web 2.0 tools other than Email for interaction with students is negligible, but see the following slide.
  16. 16. The responses to this question seem to indicate that although teachers do not use web 2.0 tools for interaction with students, a number of tools are significantly integrated into their teaching. Note that YouTube is the most significant tool mentioned.
  17. 17. Only 25% of respondents have a blog and 36% have a twitter account.
  18. 18. Respondents who have Facebook overwhelmingly use their accounts primarily as a way of keeping in touch with family and friends.
  19. 19. Virtual Classrooms <ul><li>One of the deliverables of the @ASTA_online project is to establish a virtual classroom which can be used by ASTA and the STAs to provide online professional learning. </li></ul><ul><li>The responses to the survey indicated that Elluminate (Now known as Blackboard Collaborate) has made the most significant impact on the sample group. </li></ul><ul><li>Comments indicated a general satisfaction with learning through webinars, but also a strong preference for face to face interaction. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Other platforms mentioned by respondents included dimdim, discoverE, MeetingPlace (CSIRO), Connections (NSWDET). Some also mentioned attending sessions in Skype and Second Life.
  21. 21. Moodle LMS <ul><li>Another deliverable is the establishment of a portal on the ASTA website which will be a repository for courses and resources related to teacher Professional Learning. Moodle is the preferred Learning Management System for this portal, as it provides the capacity to build courses, link to external resources, and facilitate interaction between participants through forums etc. Moodle is also able to maintain records of participation and completion in courses, and to provide certification. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Although 44% of respondents indicated that they are aware of Moodle, only about 20% of teachers indicate any experience of working with the Learning Management System.
  23. 23. Social Media restrictions for students <ul><li>Respondents were asked to describe the restrictions, if any, which were placed upon student access to social media tools (e.g. Facebook) during school time. Responses indicated a range of restrictions, from ‘none’ through to ‘all are banned, and phones are confiscated if students are seen using them in class time’. </li></ul><ul><li>The graph on the following slide indicates the level of teacher satisfaction with the status quo. Unfortunately it is not possible to correlate the level of satisfaction with the level of severity of restriction, but this could be the subject of a future survey. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Teachers were asked about the restrictions placed on the use of social media tools in school time by their students. Generally the results seem to indicate that teachers are satisfied with the restrictions currently in place.
  25. 25. Web 2.0 tools for teachers <ul><li>Finally, respondents were asked about their level of interest in using web 2.0 tools for professional learning and networking. </li></ul><ul><li>The results indicate a high level of interest in the use of web conferencing and Moodle, and a lower level of interest in Twitter and Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the comments included concerns about the time which would be required to learn to use new and unfamiliar online tools, and expressed a definite preference for face to face professional learning. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Visit for more information about the Australian Science Teachers Association <ul><li>State and Territory Associations </li></ul><ul><li>South Australia Science Teachers' Association </li></ul><ul><li>Science Educators Association of the Australian Capital Territory </li></ul><ul><li>Science Teachers Association of New South Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Science Teachers Association of the Northern Territory </li></ul><ul><li>Science Teachers Association of Queensland </li></ul><ul><li>Science Teachers Association of Tasmania </li></ul><ul><li>Science Teachers Association of Victoria Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Science Teachers Association of Western Australia </li></ul>