What Place Does Social Media Have in our Schools?

I came across a very interesting post a little while ago, over on Geeks. The author, Will, is asking our opinions as to what place social media should play in our educational systems. Will mentioned that his high school principal has asked students for ideas as to how social media could be incorporated into education in general. He then asks for your input and ideas. I’d love to see a high rate of responses to this thread, which is why I chose to highlight it here.

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter isn’t a fad that will fade away any time soon. It’s important, it’s real, and it’s here to stay. I do have to point out something that Will said at the end of his post. He stated that he is all for social media in the schools, but that he doesn’t want to allow them access to his privacy. That is a common misconception amongst many people today. You need to remember that anything you put online is public. There is no privacy when it comes to places such as Twitter. Once something is online, it’s there for the World to see. Even at a young age, you always need to be cognizant of that fact when posting anything in any place. Things you say and do online can – and WILL – come back to bite you in the proverbial ass someday if you aren’t careful.

What are your thoughts? Instead of posting them here on the blog, please post them over on Geeks as a response to Will’s questions. Let’s see how much community participation we can get on this, and show his principal a thing or two! Will’s post wasn’t the only thought-provoking thing going on in our community today. Hopefully, you haven’t missed out on any of the action!

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  1. I believe social media should be taken full advantage of in our schools. You are right about the privacy, therefore students (and teachers) must monitor the media and take the opportunity to show how to properly use these tools. Unfortunately, there is a huge range of tech skills within the education community as well as a lot of closed minds. In this day and age, all educators must at least have a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Educators must know of these tools!

  2. Ok, so I want to start a live broadcast very much like yours. I’ve done some research and there’s a site, Shovio.com, that hopes to have schools and businesses using it’s platform for lectures, meetings, guest speakers, projects ect. I think this is a great idea.
    Let’s face it. School is boring. I think a more interactive and up to date learning method would really speak to the poor kids. Imagine an actual engineer, calling into the class, answering students questions and displaying her skills right there in the classroom. Or have the author of a book the class just read call in for 15 mins from across the country.
    And that’s just the video part of a social media site.

    So, in conclusion, I really don’t see how progress in this form could be a bad thing. Please tell me what you think about the Talk Back TV for amateurs on Shovio’s website. Because it looks like this site is the next big thing and has a benevolent mission. Others, however, have warned that the population has stabilized. How could this be any different than Facebook coming along and taking over Myspace?