Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Social Networking in Schools

What is a social network?
According to Wikipedia it is "a network service focusing on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail and instant messaging services." The most popular examples of these services are MySpace and Facebook.

These sites are integral part of our student's lives and could make a homework or classroom assignment more authentic or engaging. Twenty-first Century Educators need to be able to assimilate social networking into their classrooms so learning can occur inside and outside of the classroom.

Micro Social Network:

Even though Facebook and Myspace are the most popular social networks doesn't mean they are the best for your classroom. I would like a recommend a Ning. Ning is a social network with a twist; teachers can create and control their own social network. Teachers can post class content, syllabus, student projects and even a place to meet virtually while school is not in session.

There is also a Ning community for teachers to share ideas with other educators (http://www.classroom20.com/ )

Excellent article on Ning from CNN

1 comment:

katty said...

I think the social network is a great alternative to know people, even to find ourselves because many people overcome their feeling of fears or when they are shy. In fact i like to read everything that help me or catch my attention. I saw a web called costa rica investment opportunities it seem very interesting.