Posts Tagged ‘social networks’
Happy Social Media Day!!!
Mashable, the global digital media website, initiated Social Media Day in 2010 as a way to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication.
The advent of social media networks in the late 1990s and early 2000s presented both challenges and opportunities for educators and school administrators. As more students obtained smartphones and other mobile devices many school districts developed rules limiting their use in the classroom. Gradually, educators began embracing the new technology and discovered positive applications of social networking. Social media’s impact on communication in education is certainly something to be celebrated.
Lisa Nielsen, a director of digital engagement and professional learning, and the author of the blog, The Innovative Educator, provides a wealth of ideas for connecting through social networks. Her June 15, 2015, post offers “4 Tools to Stay Connected with Families This Summer” and provides a link to her June 16 webinar, “Social Media and Cell Phones–Today’s Tools to Connect with Families This Summer.”
How do you use social media to connect with students, parents, and faculty? How will you stay in touch with them this summer? Tweet us using #ProQuest or comment below.
Social Media in the Classroom. Yea or Nay?
Social media use continues to grow. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey, 74 percent of Internet-connected adults use social media sites. A 2015 Pew Survey found that 76 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 use social media, with 71 percent using more than one social media site. In schools, social media use has been slowly making inroads, thanks in large part to librarians.
“Social media has become one of the greatest educational tools of all time, and yet, it goes untaught. Why? Fear of the unknown? Lack of value? The time is now for education to instead embrace this form of learning and begin, even in small ways, embedding social media lessons in all classrooms.”
—Don Goble, Multimedia Instructor
Social media use in schools, however, has been controversial. Some educators argue that social media literacy is essential in the twenty-first century. Others argue that social networking sites distract students and further tether them to technology. Students are contributing to the debate as well. In the April 22, 2015, issue of Education Week, high school student Katie Benmar argues that teachers should use social media to enhance learning and engage students.
“I hope that educators will consider experimenting more with technology and social media in their classrooms in a way that will be intellectually challenging to students. Believe me, your students will appreciate it, even if not every attempt is successful.”
–Katie Benmar, High School Student
Educators and students who want to use social media in the classroom face another obstacle: Internet filtering. According to a 2012 American Association of School Librarians survey, Internet filtering blocks social media sites 88 percent of the time, which severely limits educators’ options. Additionally, educators who request approval to bypass Internet filtering have to endure lengthy wait-times.
“The main reason I’d like to try to avoid social media use is a moral one. Kids today are addicted to technology; school can, and should, remain the one safe haven where they can unplug and just be present. Do we really want to give them another reason to be ‘connected?’ ”
–Gail Leicht, Eighth-Grade Language Arts Teacher
Overall, however, social media use in schools is increasing. How quickly will social media be integrated into the classroom? Will the disparate use of social media in schools contribute to the digital divide? Answers to these questions remain to be seen.
Do you think social networking sites have a place in schools? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @ProQuest or in the comments below.
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