A Case for Social Media in the Classroom – Today!
Here’s a fascinating example of how using Twitter in the classroom can give students a very different perspective of world events.
George Briggs writes, “
I have recently taken to using Twitter, primarily to keep updated on interesting ideas and events rather than sending updates on my whereabouts and activities. As a ‘boomer’ I am what Marc Prensky terms a “digital immigrant” in that I have adopted new technologies – but my learning curve is quite steep and I am often hesitant in my practice.
Kids in schools today are in Prensky’s terms “digital natives,” and to them, technologies such as Twitter are second nature. Or as Don Tapscott says, “technology is like air to them.” Why is it then that most educators and administrators are so loathe to let kids use ‘their’ technologies in schools?
Eliminating distractions is one argument often presented in the case against social media technology in schools but in my view, this is a matter of classroom management more than anything else. If social media technologies, such as Twitter, are present without curricular application, the impulse for kids will be to use them in a distracting manner, adding to classroom management issues.
On the other hand, if teachers leverage the power of these technologies to further engage their students in class, the issue of distraction begins to fade and the classroom becomes a dynamic place for kids to be. Let me develop an example.” More…
George goes on to describe the current political struggle in Egypt and how Twitter post coming out of the area are far different then mainstream news.