Social Networking within schools is still being frowned upon. This is because of things like cyber bullying, or the relationships that teachers are having with students online. I know that when I was in high school our teachers were very stern on not trying to add them on Facebook. They said it was okay once we graduate but not while we are their student. Which is understandable when you hear about all the law-suits and court cases involving teacher and student relationships. I work at an elementary school and the other day I had a notification on Instagram from one of my 7 year old students who was trying to add me! I was completely shocked that she had a Instagram but also confused as to how she found me.
It just goes to show that you have to be careful when connecting social media and schools. Here are 10 ways however that tell you how schools are using social media affectively.
1. Professional Development- Teachers like to be able to have access to blogs to be informed on teaching trends that they can try out with their students. One website many teachers find helpful is Pinterest to use for teaching strategies and behavioral strategies.
2. Community Outreach- Social media is used to promote various activities in schools and allow feedback for certain activities or events. It’s great for parents who are involved in social media to connect with the school in this way.
3. Course Assignments- Schoology.com is a website that is used in schools that is private social networking that allows students to do tests or assignments arranged by the teacher.
4. Parent Communication- Allows the parents and the teachers to communicate with each other. This isn’t usually done through Facebook but rather a social site dedicated to the school so that there is easier access to discuss with one another.
5. Distance Learning- This allows teachers to have students who might possibly be attending online and students who are physically in the class to still be in communication with one another.
6. Assessments- Some teachers use Twitter as an end of the year review. Tweeting out topics on the test and other useful guides. This is a great way to better engage students and keep their interest in studying.
7. Cross Cultural Communication- Using social media to break down the language between students who may be in the presence of other students who speak a different language.
8. Collaborative Learning-Students can access their social wall at home, as well as their homework assignments. Files can be uploaded to their digital locker and shared and worked on collaboratively, so the need to be in the same room together is not needed.
9.Networking With Colleagues-The power of the Personal Learning Network would be impossible without the global interactions and connections teachers have made through social networking tools.
10. Integrating Real World Applications Into Teaching- Social networking is an excellent real-world example of discrete mathematics.Students can post a joke and then track the vertex edge graph that results. The graph can be used to make inferences about popularity, outgoing personalities, and levels of friendship. room together at all times is eliminated.
Social media within schools isn’t always a bad thing.