Migration to new styles of teaching and the digital classroom is speeding up at the K-12 level, but could be held back by the lack of a capable network infrastructure. Enterasys Networks conducted a survey to better understand how rapidly K-12 schools are adopting digital textbooks, video content, the flipped classroom, online assessment, social media, and customizing student access to the Internet. The results of the 255 responses are presented in a new Infographic.
The survey found that more than half of K-12 schools are using digital text books or plan to use them within 12 months. In fact, about 38% of schools plan to use only digital text books within 5 years. However, only 26% of schools have a network infrastructure that can easily accommodate this move. Similarly, less than half of schools say their network infrastructure is adequate to handle the demands of video content in the classroom.
Regarding on-line student assessments and testing, 94% of schools are already using or plan to use these within 12 months and 45.7% plan to move exclusively to on-line assessments. But again their school’s network infrastructure will hold them back: only 42.9% say that their network can easily accommodate this move.
The flipped classroom style of teaching, where teachers spend more interactive time with students in the classroom, is already in use at 20.9% of schools. Another 22.1% of schools plan to try the flipped classroom within 12 months. The survey found that some schools plan to completely move to a flipped style. That is, if their network will enable it: at present only 12.8% of schools say that their network can easily handle the demands of the flipped classroom.
More than half of schools are currently using or plan to use social media for teaching purposes. According to the survey, the popular social media tools today, in order of popularity are Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Gaggle, Edmodo, Schoology, and StumbleUpon.
As shown in the infographic, schools are getting a good handle on student safety; 83.8% of schools are monitoring all student activities on the web. The next step, customizing each student’s web access, is less prevalent: only 57.3% of schools have this capability with their current network management software.
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<div style=”width: 720px”> <a href=”http://www.extremenetworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2716-K12-Infographic_lg.jpg” /> <img src=”http://www.extremenetworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2716-K12-Infographic_lg.jpg” alt=”K-12 Survey Infographic” /></a><br/> Infographic authored by <a href=”http://www.extremenetworks.com/”>Extreme Networks</a>. To view the original post, see the original <a href=”http://www.extremenetworks.com/adoption-rates-of-new-styles-of-k-12-teaching-infographic”>K-12 Survey Infographic</a>.</div>