Thursday, September 16, 2010

Social Media for Learning

I often wonder when our schools will become adopters of everyday technologies used outside of school. It's as if our school walls are portals to another time where life is ten or sometimes one hundred years in the past. At home we use Facebook, YouTube, IMing, VideoChat and many other communication and collaborative tools but in school we might use email and paper. There are several reasons for this but the major one is fear, it's easier to play it safe and close the gates than it is to educate ourselves and our students to be safe in these worlds. The following is an interesting video responding to a principal's call for banning student's use of social networks. (Be sure to read the text overlay)