First, a huge thank you to all those that found the survey and participated. As promised, here is a summary of the results. Overall, the responses were about 159 participants from mostly the United States. Responses were collected from Twitter followers, Facebook followers, Schoology participants, and Edmodo. Keeping in mind that I am an educational technologist, I tend to run in those types of social media circles. This may have brought in bias from the testing.
In a follow-up question, respondents were asked if they had been declined a Professional Development during the course of the 2014-15 school year. Of 156 responses, 16.67% indicated that they had been declined by administration. The most popular reason given was, not surprisingly, budget. Only a handful of responses indicated that testing windows overlapped their request. A few indicated that they had no idea.
The rankings for the delivery style kept the traditional conference style and 1-day workshop in the lead of preferences. Webinars and video do not seem to be catching as quickly as we would have thought. Additional surveying in this area is required to determine the reasons why educators are not gravitating to these styles of delivery.
Leading the charge in the topics of choice is overwhelmingly technology focused events. However, we did find a great deal of educators desiring topics in intervention strategies and project-based learning (PBL). In the comments section there was a great deal of mention of testing strategies for the various state and national tests. PARCC was a leading contender in the qualitative responses.
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