Aspiring teachers are taking a more self-directed approach to their training, in part, because they are more comfortable with technology and more likely to use digital devices in their professional pursuits and personal lives, according to the annual Speak Up report. The findings of the survey by Blackboard and the nonprofit Project Tomorrow include that of 1,350 education students polled, 74% of aspiring teachers use discussion boards, chat sites and social networking -- compared with 50% of in-service teachers, Mike Bock writes in this blog post.

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