Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Citizenship Through School-Based Social Networking
Winn makes some very good links to how and why this can be used in our schools and in our classes. Since there is no privacy within the network, all communication tends to be appropriate and there is little suspicion of inappropriate online relationships that could potentially harm students or faculty alike. It also encourages a sense of digital etiquette since every comment can be read by anyone, even posts from teachers or administrators. Through this type of network teachers are able to communicate with students, give assignments and asses progress. One history teacher went so far as to set up a subnet and have his kids create profiles for historical figures. They would then assume the identity of that person, posting pictures, comments or videos. This brought history to life where it otherwise would be “one dimensional”.
This article is a perfect example of NETS standard number 5 for students. It not only advocates for the safe and responsible use of information and technology but implements a positive attitude towards using that technology as well. In addition, it supports collaboration within the school and students that promotes personal growth in learning and responsibility within the technology itself.
Winn, Mathew (2011-2012). Promote Digital Citizenship through School-Based Social Networking. Learning and Leading with Technology, 39(4) 11.
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