Okay, I went a little “meta” with that headline, but bear with me.
Today I received a notice that my 6 month subscription to Weebly will expire for www.smse2015.com unless I renew. I’m left to wonder how I thought 6 months would be sufficient time to attain 100 participants. As of this blog post, I now have 6 participants, which equates to one participant a month. The problem is that my survey requires a minimum of 100 participants.
Why the trickle of participants? Being a teacher, it’s my nature to reflect why:
- Not reaching intended audience. It’s a worldwide survey. The only requirements are: 1) be a public school teacher from K-12, and 2) use some form of social media for classroom purposes.
- Nobody’s on the clock right now. The summer months are holiday time for most teachers, yet from what I can infer from my Twitter feed is that teachers never really stop PD during July and August.
- The generally accepted definition of Social Media. What I gathered from my literature review, is that social media is loosely defined as online interaction. I interpret this as communication, back and forth, between individuals, using some sort of interface, that could include (but not limited to) any number of online platforms. Here’s a few off the tip of my browser:
- Urban Spoon
- RSS Feeds
- Google Education
- Microsoft OneNote
See what I did there? I listed Facebook last. Last. This is because I wonder if my request for use of online social media in the classroom leaves respondents immediately thinking, “Ah heck no…I don’t use Facebook in class because (insert excuse here)”.
Social Media use in the classroom is a diverse area to explore. Yet I can’t examine it in a pedagogical sense unless I hear from more colleagues. Like a former teacher once taught me, people helping each other starts with the simple act of “give”. So please, if you ‘re a public school teacher teaching any grade level and using social media, please give 10 minutes of your time and fill out the survey.
In the meantime, I will: renew www.smse2015.weebly.com for 2015-2016; I’ll keep on being positive and hope that the new school year will bring at least 8 participants a month; and I’ll do my best to not self-deprecate by equating my requests with that of a squeegee kid at a stoplight.