Great article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald about how teachers and schools are adapting to using social networks (or not...).
Teaching the Facebook Generation makes some salient points about how educationalists need to embrace social networking in order to guide students to engage with these sites in useful ways without compromising their privacy. Some things I picked up:
The article mentions Lisa Nielsen, who writes a blog called The Innovative Educator. The post Kids and teachers are interacting. Everybody panic is well worth a read.
In our Web to Classroom workshops we also found that teachers were really engaging with these tools and finding innovative ways to use them, even if blocked, and an acceptance that it is important to understand this world.
The upshot is, as stated above, if you’re not in these spaces you run the risk of being out of the loop. But you’ve all heard me say that before, right?!