Social Networking from Faculty and Student Perspectives

Over the past two weeks arvind and I have discussed Social Networking on our webcast over at EdTechTalk.  The first show consisted of us discussing facebook social networks from the faculty perspective based on the Ohio Education Association’s recommendation that educators delete the social networking  accounts.  Here is the first show: 21st Century Learning #58: A Discussion of the Issues Surrounding Social Networking Between Faculty and Students

The second week we were excited to have four students join in the myspaceconversation.  They mostly agreed that it was a good idea to keep some separation between school and our personal lives but had some great insights into how these different media are merging — including the thought that teachers and students might be blackberry texting each other before long.  Here’s a link to the second show: 21st Century Learning #59: Students Discussing Social Networking between Faculty and Students.

I think that these two pieces are a good orientation to social networking for faculty and administrators around the world.  If you’re interested in this topic, you might also want to check out: EdTechTalk #80 with Tom Wood, cyber safety advocate

What do you think? What would you add or subtract?  What social networking resources do you use?

3 thoughts on “Social Networking from Faculty and Student Perspectives

  1. Re: your Global Google comment– in Montessori systems I know around here, there’s a weekly– WEEKLY– half day where teachers do nothing but collaborate and network. Honestly, as more and more demands are made on our time in the public ed system (such as the Contract for Excellence our district just signed which very nearly requires extended school days), a 80/20 percentage or something similar is going to have to be proposed. Only so much you can stuff in the knapsack without having it split at the seams…

  2. Educators are always lagging behind technology. What is needed is innovation in learning, I guess the social network concept offers immense opportunities for collaborative learning.

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