How do teachers, parents approach online safety?
Today, children in elementary school often have just as much, if not more, technology know-how than adults. But as children's tech use increases, and as they spend more time online, digital citizenship and safety issues become even more important.
Parents look to teachers to pass knowledge to students, and teachers look to parents to help with the home-school connection and reinforce what students learn in the classroom.
In a survey by AVG Technologies, 82 percent of teachers said they think parents rely too much on schools when it comes to educating students about online safety, and 38 percent of teachers also said that their students' parents don't know enough about online safety.
Of the nearly 1,800 teachers surveyed across the globe, 64 percent said schools should offer better training on using the internet as an educational tool, and 77 percent said that online safety education should be included in curriculum.
Ninety-two percent of teachers said they use online content in class, and 69 percent address online safety occasionally or frequently, but just 28 percent have received formal online safety instruction training.
The global results reveal some interesting online safety education trends.
54 percent of teachers in Brazil teach online safety regularly, and 51 percent have been trained for that purpose
91 percent of U.K. teachers, compared to 72 percent of teachers overall, said their schools have IT classes, but only 37 percent of U.K. teachers have had formal online safety education training
40 percent of U.S. teachers assign homework that requires online resources for completion, compared to 57 percent overall
29 percent of Canadian teachers said their students bring their own devices to school, compared to 18 percent globally
80 percent of Australian schools have cyberbullying guidelines in place
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Educators and students are using social media to improve learning and deliver instruction more effectively.
This learning dynamic can occur by creating educational websites, communicating about assignments and classroom discussion on Twitter, and engaging with multimedia by posting Vine videos.
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5 emerging trends in today’s libraries
Technology and digital resources are expanding rapidly in U.S. libraries, and important tech tools that serve entire communities are available at nearly all libraries across the nation.
The American Library Association's 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey makes note of the large role libraries play in education, individual engagement, as well as new programs they are developing, such as maker programming and 3D printing.
Though digital resources are growing throughout libraries, the survey also found that this growth is uneven. For instance, fewer than half of rural libraries said they increased bandwidth speeds in the last 24 months, compared with 64 percent of urban libraries and 56 percent of suburban libraries.
Further complicating the divide between library resources is the fact that less than two-thirds (64 percent) of rural libraries said they have access to information technology staff, compared to 95 percent of urban and 85 percent of suburban libraries.
Sixty-six percent of all libraries surveyed said they would increase bandwidth if they could, and cited cost as the top barrier to moving forward with those plans.
When it comes to emerging trends, libraries are forging new paths and diversifying the resources that students and community members will find.
The top emerging trends include:
1. STEM maker spaces (16.8 percent)
2. Social media training (45.8 percent)
3. Wireless printing (33 percent)
4. 3D printing (2 percent)
5. Coding, development, hackathons (2 percent)
“Creating is becoming a new digital competency, and libraries are building and expanding their programs and services to meet these changing community needs,” said Ann Joslin, president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, in a statement about the report. Joslin is the state librarian in Idaho, which implemented a pilot program to support library maker activities and new technologies and tools.