While some educators embrace social media as an effective learning tool, others argue that it's disruptive and ultimately hinders learning and instruction. Social media is already on campus--but does it belong in the classroom?
The debates about schools and social media are a subject of great public and policy interests. In reality, the debate has been shaped by one key fact: the almost universal decision by school administrators to block social media. Because social media is such a big part of many students social lives, cultural identities, and informal learning networks schools actually find themselves grappling with social media everyday but often from a defensive posture—reacting to student disputes that play out over social media or policing rather than engaging student’s social media behaviors.
Social media sites are blocked in Springfield IL schools. For now. Thanks to a progressive new approach to social media, the district is consulting with teachers and administrators to figure out the best way to use social media.
From the layman users to businesses, almost everyone is part of the online social ecosystem. Now, the education industry seems to be picking pace as things are getting social in schools and universities.
Instead of passing bans on connections between students and teachers on Facebook, and employing filtering software to block social media sites, the K-12 public education system needs make a giant step in the 21st century and embrace social media tools as just one of the natural ways people communicate today.
Twitter, much like Facebook, has the ability to set most people on opposite, potentially warring paths – you either absolutely LOVE IT, or absolutely HATE IT. To top it all, with the great debate surrounding the use of social media in schools, it must seem callous of me to recommend that schools start Tweeting and yet, here I am, to tell you that Every School should have a Twitter account and here are 5 reasons why.
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The Digital Influence Group, a social media marketing expert group, provides a “Top 10 List for Using Social Media” obviously directed toward business and industry. Obviously, business needs are different from the needs of schools, but there is still much that can learned from their experiences with social media.
If your gonna let your kidz use social media u shd reed this. :) Stopping by Dunkin' Donuts for late night coffee, three Framingham High seniors disputed some educators' claims that the prevalence of social media - text messages, Facebook and Twitter - is lowering the reading and writing skills of their generation. Yet the trio of 17-year-olds largely agreed growing up digital might inhibit social interaction by substituting electronic connections for emotional ones.
Many employers seem to think that breaks are bad. In reality, breaks are necessary for productivity. It’s amazing what a 5-10 minute break every hour can do to your state of mind. Especially when you have to work in front of a screen all day in a monotonous environment.
The field of social media is a burgeoning area of communication, and one that educators cannot ignore. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Diigo, GooglePlus – these platforms for communication are not going to go away; and while there is a great deal of negative media surrounding their use, they can be harnessed to create myriad possibilities for schools as learning communities.
This semester something new happened, though. My students created a Facebook group for my class (and then invited me to join it!). Slowly I’ve watched and noticed more and more, that students are posting on that Facebook group instead of the discussion forum I’d created for them!
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