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What Do You Think of Facebook in Schools?

Social networks dominated by Facebook now account for 22.7 percent of the hours spent in front of a computer, a leap of 43 percent over last year’s figures.

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What would you allow in schools?

According to the Neilson Co. report, the shift to social networks for communication caused a precipitous drop in email and instant messaging. Time spent emailing was down 28 percent and instant messaging dropped 15 percent.

If you don’t know what all the social networking stuff is, check out these two YouTube videos. They explain social networking in Plain English.

The question for schools is, how much of this should be let into the education environment. It’s way beyond the internet now. We’re talking about:

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • internet access to email

These are all banned at my school. Yet, these are the sites that have kids excited about learning–excited about technology. So what are we doing? We’re cutting off the most effective avenue for keeping students interested in school because we’re afraid of them.

Does that sound right to you?

This column first appeared in my Examiner column © 8-3-10

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4 thoughts on “What Do You Think of Facebook in Schools?

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  2. The poll only allows for a single answer. I tried CTRL-click and that didn’t work either. That’s probably why you have so many ‘other’ options.

  3. Pingback: Social media in school « A Digital Idea

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