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Social media. It's great for professional development. It lets educators reach kids in ways they appreciate. And it's has tremendous potential as an extender of lessons and learning.
But like many things, the bad actions of a few could impact everyone -- including all the teachers using it for good purposes.
A recent article points out how a faction of teachers have used social media to prey on students or show bad examples of behavior. This is leading some districts to enact strict rules on social media interactions between students and their educators.
What do you think? Should interaction on social media be limited between students and educators? Or do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Here are some things to consider:
- Some educators have students start or continue class discussions in Facebook Groups, on Twitter and in other social media forums. This can really increase the interest and enthusiasm in those discussions. Teachers say that kids really respond to this.
- Some educators use text messaging as a method for students to respond to class questions. It's a way to reach them where they live, so to speak.
- When a student has a homework question and access to social media, they can ask the teacher quickly and directly using social media -- allowing them to work through homework easier and on time.