After watching the Casey Anthony trial on TV the news/media started to talk about why this trial is so BIG and why so many people were so interested in this trail. One reason, they said, was that it was this was the “first social media trial“. It really got me thinking about the power of social media whether it be Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, etc…. I wonder if social media is so powerful, what if we used the powers for good and not evil, and tried to use it in the classroom. I have my personal thought about if and/or when it should or shouldn’t be used. I would like to see what you all have to say and then I will tell you my thoughts.
So here’s my question for you all… What do you think?
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After viewing the poll it does seem like many of you think that we should use social media in the classroom somehow. Now here’s the question, how, when, where, etc. There are many questions that come up. My friend Amy and I have been taking about helping students become more of a “Responsible Digital Citizen”. I think that it wouldn’t work currently because students, and as we have seen, adult, don’t know how to use social media responsibly, i.e. the Anthony Weener incidents!!! But I think if we introduce it and teach students how to use it and remind them that this is not a private diary, that anyone at any point can and will look at your entries. Now it might be just a friend reading it, or a spouse, or an employer, but rest assure it will be read. A friend once told me that if you didn’t want something published on the front page of the newspaper for all to see then don’t do it. I think the same goes here. If you don’t want EVERYONE to read it then don’t post it.
I think if teachers use the powers for good and not evil it can be a good thing, i.e. remind students of due date, extra resources for assignments, etc. But I think we as educators have to follow some other rules. If you are going to create a Facebook page make it a Fan Page instead. Post only things related to your subject area. Avoid posting things that are personal. Never friend a student. For school consider a social media site that is more for education, such as Edmodo.com instead. It is a wonderful resource and the best part it is FREE!!!
On your personal, secured page, I would even avoid friending graduates, they are still friends with your current students!!! Also keep in mind, like I stated earlier, social media is not a private diary, somehow someway it will be read. Only post things that you feel comfortable about everyone reading. Finally, as for your personally Facebook site, only friend people that you and trust personally. Twitter is more for following people you don’t know or you find interesting.