STEAM Teachers Turn to Social Media for Resources and Training
- By Dian Schaffhauser
with a focus on STEAM turn to social media and websites in great
numbers to augment their lessons and for professional development.
new survey out by the Institute
for Arts Integration and STEAM
found that nine in 10 (92 percent) respondents turn to various
well-known sites to supplement their teaching. The most popular were:
was mentioned only by a third (34 percent) and Instagram by half as
many (18 percent).
the purposes of professional development, YouTube was again the top
choice, chosen by 61 percent of respondents, followed by Teachers Pay
Teachers (40 percent), Facebook (39 percent) and Pinterest (37
percent). Twitter garnered a mention by only 16 percent.
survey drew about 5,000 responses, almost all teachers, two-thirds
(62 percent) of whom teach elementary grades. Two-thirds teach in
arts-related classes (37 percent) or the general classroom (29
percent). Another 14 percent are in STEM courses. Most (78 percent)
have had seven or more years of teaching experience.
majority of respondents said that their schools paid for professional
development. But nine in 10 also reported that they spend their own
money for such pursuits; more than half (57 percent) said they spent
$200 or more in 2019. When the employers paid, 54 percent of teachers
said their schools spent $200 or more.
third of respondents said they hold second jobs to supplement their
teachers were asked about their biggest concerns for the current
year, their top responses touched on classroom management, getting
through the curriculum and reaching professional learning goals.
also told the Institute that they're feeling overwhelmed right now.
Two-thirds (65 percent) said there wasn't "enough time or
resources to meet the increased demands of their job." More than
half (55 percent) said they'd like "more support and respect
from administration, parents and community members." And a
quarter reported that they were concerned that technology was
exacting "an adverse effect on student behaviors, social skills
and academic achievement."
the organization noted in a statement, results from the survey
"indicate that teachers don't feel seen as professionals. They
have many concerns surrounding competing priorities, student
behaviors and lack of resources to accomplish meeting the needs of
all learners." The antidote, the report suggested, was
encouraging "administration, communities and education
organizations to consider tools, resources and behaviors that honor
educators as professionals with value and respect."
Institute is a membership organization that supports teachers,
administrators and artists working to integrate the arts into
education. It provides curriculum, professional development and
full results are available with registration through
the Institute's website.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.