Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Social Networking in Schools
Students and teachers can use social networking for more than just keeping in touch with others. Social networking, for example, can be used to help students compare themselves with other students and schools. When students are doing research they could look for other students in the world who are doing the same research or students who could help them.
Social networking can enhance projects in multiple ways. Some students may feel more motivated by the use of these technologies. Other students may feel comfortable using such programs if they have experience with technology at home. The students who are shy may feel that communicating with others through the use of the computer is better for them. This would also appeal to outgoing students because they would have the opportunity to talk with others.
I would like to use social networking next year to start web pals, instead of the traditional pen pal system that I have been using. Students could communicate with other students online through the use of email, blogging, wikis, etc. My students would be able to communicate with their web pals more often than in the past. Using the Internet would cut back on the time that the class had to spend sending the letters and waiting for replies. Web pals are not only more time effective, but money efficient too. The school would not have to pay for postage if I used the Internet instead. Students with access to the Internet at home could keep in touch with their web pal even more frequently. Parents would again have another opportunity to be involved in their child’s education.
Schools and Online Social Networking
Teens & Social Networking in School & Public Libraries
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Social Networking: What Parents Need to Know
This is a public safety announcement to inform parents about social networking. Parents should be aware of what their child is doing on the computer. Monitoring the time spent on the computer and the websites their child is on are two very important items for parents too consider. If parents listen to this short video they could learn how to keep their child safe on the internet.