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Why Schools Must Teach Social Networking | Network.Ed

Why Schools Must Teach Social Networking | Network.Ed | social networking and leanring | Scoop.it

By Jose Picardo

 

"Students have discovered that learning is no longer bound to the confines of the school building and schools are beginning to realise that teaching students how to use these technologies effectively for academic purposes is essential if they want their students to engage in the use of social networking appropriately, less sporadically and more spectacularly.

 

"The rising importance and availability of online social networks and their popularity among young people are undeniable facts. The use of the internet is becoming an ever more integral part of young people’s lives and, as a result, they are communicating with each other on an unprecedented scale....

 

"Online social networks provide teachers and students with a platform in which they can interact beyond the constraints of the school walls, and with which the teacher can provide personalised feedback, peer review, assessment and support beyond that which is possible with the already existing virtual learning environments, which, in my experience, quickly become repositories of institutionally approved teaching materials and effectively discourage cooperation and interaction among students, fostering instead less meaningful, transactional interaction such as the setting or handing in of student work or the communication of assessment grades."


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Schools Are Using Social Networking to Involve Parents | Black Star Journal

Schools Are Using Social Networking to Involve Parents | Black Star Journal | social networking and leanring | Scoop.it

Digital technology is providing a growing variety of methods for school leaders to connect with parents anywhere, anytime—a tactic mirroring how technology is used to engage students.

 

Through Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and text messages sent in multiple languages, school staff members are giving parents instant updates, news, and information about their children’s schools. Not only that, but a number of districts are also providing parents access to Web portals where they can see everything from their children’s grades on school assignments to their locker combinations and what they’re served for lunch.

 

Socioeconomic disparities in Internet access can make such digital-outreach efforts challenging and even divisive, however; some parents have many options for connecting digitally, and others don’t.

 

Yet some school leaders are meeting that challenge head-on by teaching parents how they can use technology to become more engaged in their children’s education, and in some cases, by providing them with access to it in their own homes.

 

“Digital learning levels the playing field among parents in a pretty profound way,” said Elisabeth Stock, the chief executive officer and co-founder of CFY, or Computers for Youth, a New York City-based nonprofit that works with low-income communities and schools to improve digital literacy.

 

“For low-income parents who feel they can no longer help their kids with learning as homework starts to become appreciably harder, access to high-quality digital learning content at home and the training to use it keeps these parents in the game,” she said. “These parents can now easily find help online or learn side by side with their child.”

 

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Online Learning and Upheavals in Social Networks - Technology ...

Online Learning and Upheavals in Social Networks - Technology ... | social networking and leanring | Scoop.it
This year, the Web was dominated by online education, shifting social networks, and the continued march toward mobile.
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The Top 18 Educational Social Networking Websites for Teachers ...

The Top 18 Educational Social Networking Websites for Teachers ... | social networking and leanring | Scoop.it
The Top 18 Educational Social Networking Websites for Teachers. Social networking is a topic I have extensively covered here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning during this year. I am also preparing an ebook about it which I will ...
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Social Networking In Schools: Educators Debate The Merits Of Technology In Classrooms

Social Networking In Schools: Educators Debate The Merits Of Technology In Classrooms | social networking and leanring | Scoop.it

"In this digital world, opportunities for education are available like never before. Though teachers using online tools are empowering students take part in their education, they may also expose them to inappropriate material, sexual predators, and bullying and harassment by peers."


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twiducate - Social Networking For Schools

twiducate - Social Networking For Schools | social networking and leanring | Scoop.it
A social networking site for schools. Share links, resources, questions, ideas, reflections, etc.

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It's vital we teach social networking skills in school - The Independent

It's vital we teach social networking skills in school - The Independent | social networking and leanring | Scoop.it
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It's vital we teach social networking skills in school
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Third, for goodness sake let's capitalise on social networking and make it a force for the good in education.
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