Last night I read Joe Corbett’s post on ISTE Connects: Is Facebook the Enemy of Education? While looking for Facebook applications for education, he came across research indicating that Facebook could negatively impact studying. The general indication from the research was that Facebook is a distractor – Facebook users typically spend less time studying which in turn negatively impacts grades. Now, hold this thought!
Like Joe, this got me thinking and I decided to review some of my recent readings on the topic. The links below encompass a good selection of views on the subject.
Social Network Access: available or blocked/content filtered
Classroom learning vs. socializing
Supported by teachers, not supported by administration
Social Networks are just tooks – can we use them in educationally effective ways?
Keep the issues separate
Social Networking is part of web 2.0 literacy and digital citizenship
Reference Articles/Blog Posts
Classroom 2.0: The Value of Social Networking
Sue Water’s Blog: Educational Networking and Staying Out of My Face
Cool Cat Teacher’s Blog: It Is About Educational Networking NOT Social Networking
Fran Smith, Edutopia: How to Use Social Networking Technology for Learning
Harold Rheingold: Attention Literacy
Mark Carbone: recent blog post re school content filtering and social network access
OK, you have been holding that thought …. I believe you will find Joe’s article interesting, and it includes a reader survey. His post and survey are at: Is Facebook the Enemy of Education by Joe Corbett, ISTE. Have you voted yet?