Social Networks for Teachers on the Rise Despite Concerns

Friday, January 11, 2013

Within the wide expanse of social networking, educators appear to be gravitating to more protected and exclusive spaces.

While teachers often use such popular mainstream social networks as Facebook, they are more likely to seek out and return to less-established networks that offer the privacy, peer-to-peer connections, and resource sharing that meets their specific professional needs, according to a recent survey and interviews with educators.

"A lot of teachers are on Facebook as general-population consumers," said Jessie Arora, the founder of Teacher Square, an organization that helps teachers share information around educational technology. "[But] they aren't on Facebook with their teacher hats on."

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