School Principals & Social Networking

A research report released today sheds light on how school principals view social networking.  The report, “School Principals and Social Networking in Education: Practices, Policies, and Realities in 2010,” was conducted by, IESD, Inc., MMS Education, and MCH Strategic Data.  The findings are encouraging and revealing.

  • Most principals believe that social networking sites provide value in that they can be leveraged to create communities of learning.  Teachers can share best practices, resources, etc.
  • Most principals believe that social networking has the potential to positively impact students’ educational experience by…
    • Helping students develop a more social, collaborative view of learning,
    • Increasing motivation, engagement, active participation,
    • Connecting learning to real-life
  • Ah, and here is the revealing piece of the puzzle… none of the principals had school policies in place that they felt were adequate. 

So, it seems that the policy piece is holding back innovation.  Sound familiar?