Thursday, February 9, 2012

Social media in education

How are social media used in education today? It's a very mixed bag. Some schools see social media simply as distractions and block them completely. Many are worried about privacy and integrity issues in the light of increased media focus on net bullying and sexual harassment. Others embrace the concept of openness and encourage students to blog openly about their work and actively network outside the school or college. Questions about whether teachers should be friends with pupils on Facebook or whether the school should use and encourage commercial platforms like Facebook or Twitter are frequently discussed. There's no clear simple answer but the need for schools to open up and reach out into the world around is clear. The key issues are how open should schools be and which tools are most relevant in an educational setting.

This infographic shows an overview of the story so far.

Surviving the College Dining Hall
Via: Online Universities Blog

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