Thursday, March 20, 2014

Should I Use Social Media in the Classroom?

Vickie Davis @coolcatteacher says YES!

"It's in the Standards"

"If you're going to ignore social media in the classroom, then throw out the ISTE Standards for Students and stop pretending that you're 21st century. Stop pretending that you're helping low-income children overcome the digital divide if you aren't going to teach them how to communicate online.
Social media is here. It's just another resource and doesn't have to be a distraction from learning objectives. Social media is another tool that you can use to make your classroom more engaging, relevant and culturally diverse."
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Great article. I'm always

Great article. I'm always confused by this topic of 'Should we be doing...'. To my mind, the reality is that young people will engage with social media with or without our guidance - surely we want them to do so in a safe manner - and that means teaching social media.
Also, Cindy, I love the idea of a blogging elective!

Here is the beginning of her Quiz, very thought provoking. After reading this click to read the rest of her post and tell me what you think.

 Should we teach letter-writing in the classroom? Kids need to write letters and mail them. But what if they send mail to a bad person or someone in prison? What if it gets lost in the mail and the wrong person opens it? Are we opening up a whole dangerous world to our students once they mail letters to others? Surely students will send thousands of letters through the mail in their lifetime.
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