Although no one can predict the future, particularly in the world of electronic devices, ASCD SmartBrief’s ED Pulse poll sought to obtain a glimpse into the world of upcoming tools for PD usage. Since many educators have some familiarity with these devices in their personal life, or through their children or students, this week’s question asked the readers to look ahead and see which ones they feel might have the most usage for their professional development.
Nearly 90% do see themselves using one of these tools frequently in the coming years. Two devices were seen as equally prevalent and likely to be the most employed. These were the computer (42%) and a tablet (like an iPad) at 39%. Considering that the iPad was introduced in the spring of 2010, it has shown great inroads as a device with strong applicability to the PD market.
After these two tools, there is a great drop off to the other tools listed. Less than 5% of the educators who took this survey felt they would be using any of the following devices most frequently:
- An e-reader (like a Kindle or Nook) 2%
- A mobile phone app 2%
- A web-enabled television 2%
- A mobile website (no download) 3%
What tools do you see yourself using for future PD?
This survey question was included in ASCD SmartBrief, a daily education news roundup e-newsletter, which has 217,000 subscribers. Using ED Pulse, the weekly online poll, data was collected from 989 readers, starting on October 18, 2012. Online surveys do not provide a random sample, as participants are self-selected, meaning that a margin of sampling error cannot be calculated or quoted. In addition, the population and sample are limited to those with access to computers and an online network. However, online surveys have been shown to produce results that have proven to be reliable predictors of outcomes, including election results.
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