Welcome to the social media revolution. An 11-year-old can ask the Prime Minister about education policy in the time it would take to lick a stamp. ''It's fun because you get to tell the world what you've learned,'' Campbell says.
Social media tools like Facebook, Myspace, Instagram, Google+ and Flickr are potentially exciting learning and teaching tools that can help teachers and students make connections to ideas, skills and concepts in a 21st-century learning environment. However, social media are getting a bad rap in education. Some students use the tools in ways that pit their First Amendment rights against their responsibilities as students in brick-and-mortar schools.
The question remains for many educators: Are you social with your students? How about with parents? Looking at social from that perspective places an entire new lens on how people look at (and should look at) social networking.
A growing number of kids at increasingly younger ages are engaging in online social networking today--a development that is leading to a surge of news stories, media attention, and economic investment.
Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff
While socializing virtually can make it harder for students to make deep connections with one another, new studies suggest that situations like video-chats or avatar environments can lead to more natural engagement.
Teachers can use social media to meet students on their own turf and provide an engaging avenue to learning. In this post, we'll take a look at using social networks and microblogging platforms. Let's jump in and take a look at several lesson ideas.
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.
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