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I believe it’s a must that educators, parents to understand first the principles regarding social media first before deciding to embark upon such an endeavor with their students. Remembering parents first are educators at home the issue of social media is one that every parent should be made aware of. Therefore, one of the most applicable lessons for the classroom would be etiquette and the idea that even though people are in cyberspace how one behaves can make or break a reputation. Moreover, concerning a classroom activity –can make or break several reputations; including, the school to which the activity is centered in the classroom. Hence, for this discussion the social media network of choice is Facebook.
I decided that Facebook groups are great for teaching any topic. However, the premise for anyone to join a group on the site is a reality unless there is attention to is paid to the groups ‘privacy’ setting. Here one can choose whether the group is open, closed or secret. Hence, in the case of a class then I would choose a private setting so that the name of the group and or participants is not circulated around the site as is typical with open groups where anyone can find it, or anyone can request to join. Secondly, as an educator using social media in the classroom, and, understanding engagement responsible administrators besides the teacher should be selected. For example, since the class is involved then if the teacher is sick then students can continue posting assignments and engaging with students. In fact, this opportunity for educators and students has the makings of a flipped classroom. Hence, in that,ch there might be minimal teacher involvement.
The authors at Facebook (2016) about ‘Keeping Private Things Private’
If you do decide to use Facebook pages or groups to engage with your students, make sure to customize your privacy settings to that they reflect the amount of information you want to share with people who know you from school. You can also model safe behavior by being careful about what you share online (Facebook, 2016).
Accordingly, other uses for Facebook and the classroom can be due to a cause your students have decided to support. For example, feeding the homeless and fund raising efforts for that. Generally, every student can share their page, as well as soliciting parent and community involvement or to gather donations (i.e., blankets, hygiene items, non-perishable food stuff, etc).
Other uses for Facebook Pages and Groups
· Permission slips
· Share photos of field trips
· Teaches students to use e-mail
Finally, self-respect and the respect of others is important when using social media anytime, but most certainly when teaching student values and good citizenship.
The articles’ references are for parents, students, and teachers. In the article, “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy,” Madden et al, 2013 wrote:
§ Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past. For the five different types of personal information that we measured in both 2006 and 2012, each is significantly more likely to be shared by teen social media users in our most recent survey.
§ The typical (median) teen Facebook user has 300 friends, while the typical teen Twitter user has 79 followers.
§ Focus group discussions with teens show that they have waning enthusiasm for Facebook, disliking the increasing adult presence, people sharing excessively, and stressful “drama,” but they keep using it because participation is an important part of overall teenage socializing.
§ 60% of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private, and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to manage their settings.
§ Teens take other steps to shape their reputation, manage their networks, and mask information they don’t want others to know; 74% of teen social media users have deleted people from their network or friends list.
§ On Facebook, increasing network size goes hand in hand with network variety, information sharing, and personal information management.
§ In broad measures of online experience, teens are considerably more likely to report positive experiences than negative ones. For instance, 52% of online teens say they have had an experience online that made them feel good about themselves (Madden et al, 2013).
Therefore, social media and proper knowledge of use thereof promote motivation.
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