Good afternoon SCH,
I just glanced at my calendar and noticed that we are upon the last week of our first month of school, wow! Â The beginning of the school-year has been hectic, albeit a productive one for innovation and technology, with so much more to come! Â Before I begin a post dedicated primarily to one of the most pervasive topics in the world of technology today…Facebook, I’ll post this week’s Daytime offerings so I don’t get yelled at about having to read through my posts to get to the most important part of Daytime, which of course, is when I’ll be available to answer your printer questions…(sarcasm folks) Â I’m actually chuckling at my desk right now (not LOL’ing, which I think is used far too often these days, if you watch “Curb Your Enthusiasm” there was a great episode dedicated to this topic this season. Â I’d love to post a video, but I don’t think it would be safe for work).
At any rate, I’ll be available for Daytime:
Cherokee Campus – Tuesday – Day 1 from 11-12 in the Carpenter Gallery.
Willow Grove Campus – Wednesday – Day 2 from 12-1.
As always, if these time slots do not work for you, please let me know when and where you would like to meet on an individual basis.
On to the topic that seems to come up more than anything in my world….FACEBOOK! Â This past summer we ran a “Social Media” digital playground where one of our main focus points was FB. Â I prepared a rather cool Prezi with a funny video (at least I thought so) and some wild statistics, but what I ultimately found was that not many people were interested….HUH? This became a strange moment for me, at first I thought “why the heck isn’t everybody here clapping and cheering for my amazing presentation??” then I thought “are teachers really not interested in Facebook?” I kept thinking about this, and two months later, it’s still on my mind. Â My first answer is an obvious one…we block Facebook (although it is now open for faculty), case closed. Â But is it? Â What would happen if FB was available to both faculty & students? Â Anarchy or Innovation? Â Included below are several links to articles including arguments for both sides of the FB discussion as well as some astounding statistics on the use of the social network.
Below is a link to an article posted by Ian Jukes written by Sharon Noguchi, San Jose Mercury News that discusses some of the problems that coincide with the use of social networks, as well as a few strategies to combat such issues. Â A sentence that really caught my attention in this article is a quote fromÂ Keith Krueger, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Consortium for School Networking, “For adults, Krueger said the challenge is to help alter the online conversation and not to ban the technology.”
It’s pretty clear to me that social media isn’t going away anytime soon, students (and many educators) live in FB, check out this video that includes some astounding FB statistics:
With that said, the question becomes, how can we leverage the use of such a powerful tool in the classroom? Â There is a valid argument that implies social media makes bullying much easier for those so inclined to do so. Â Conversely, there are some (ME!!) that would argue that we can handle this by teaching digital citizenship and enforcing rules against such activity. Â Furthermore, that social media can be used to promote collaboration amongst groups of friends rather than cliques where bullying often takes place. Â Here’s a snippet from the preceding article demonstrating how a few institutions are handling such problems:
“The Santa Clara County Office of Education has set up an anti-bullying task force. The Silicon Valley Interschool Council, composed of high school students, hopes to launch a campaign encouraging students to counter cyber-bullying.
Newly signed legislation, sponsored by Nora Campos, D-San Jose, Calif., enables schools to suspend students who bully others on social networks. Among others, the Oakland Unified School District is considering a policy to specifically prohibit cyber-bullying.
In the Santa Clara Unified School District, for example, all sixth- through 12th-grade students attend a tech literacy course, including digital citizenship and safety. And the district is piloting elementary school curriculum.
Students are taught about building their online reputation, said Kathie Kanaval, educational technology coordinator.”
Below are a few of links promoting the use of social media in the classroom:
Here are a couple of YouTube videos dedicated to using Facebook in the classroom:
The Basics of a Facebook Page for Educators
Concerned about Privacy?Â Privacy on Facebook for Educators
Setting Up a Facebook Group for Your Class
I’m open to discuss any of these topics and hopefully figure out a way to implement some of these tools in your classroom. Â Stay tuned as I’m going to see if I can get a few student opinions regarding the use of FB in the classroom. Â Maybe even a guest Daytime blogger!