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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Does Social Networking Sites Like Twitter, Youtube and Facebook Belong In The Classroom?

Teaching a student to learn can be done in a number of ways.  There are different learning styles and different learning techniques.  But, when Social Media meets Teaching, what is appropriate.

This recent article talks about how teachers are using Social Media Sites!

Do you think using social media sites in the classroom is a step in the right direction or something that should be avoided?

With all the access to the internet and texting, it's amazing that any student ever takes learning seriously anymore.  It would be so easy and quite so tempting to just text in a Google question and fill in a test answer sheet with the findings.  Yes, many schools have a no-texting zone.  Some schools require students to deposit their electronic devices in a basket before entering the classroom.  But, is this really enforced?  My 14 year old neice showed me once how easy it is to text inside a sweatshirt hoodie front pocket without being noticed.  I'm sure this goes on every day unoticed in classrooms around the world.

What do you think?

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