Comments (24)

Comment RSS
Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

I think you highlight and

Was this helpful?
0

I think you highlight and important point - we do need to scaffold the skills. My colleague, Shawn McCusker, and I wrote a bit more about this in a previous post http://edtechteacher.org/blog/2012/10/evolution-of-education/

Life Skills Support Teacher

"social media pervades all

Was this helpful?
0

"social media pervades all aspects of modern society and it has become imperative for us as educators and parents to model appropriate digital citizenship to even our youngest learners."

Social media is way overrated. Mostly it's people sharing pictures of their kids at the beach, telling everyone what cereal they ate for for breakfast, or having to mention they are in a (?) mood. I do not understand why it has become so important to share intimate details of your life with the whole world. It just screams neediness for attention and affirmation from others. If you want to share with me or if I want to share with you, I'd prefer we met in person so it's more meaningful.

3rd Grade teacher from St. Louis, MO

As an elementary teacher, I

Was this helpful?
0

As an elementary teacher, I was unsure about how much exposure my students should have to "social media". I think the author really put it into perspective for me when she said, "If we honestly think about it, we were all taught the "social media" of our time in early elementary school. Remember the friendly letter? How about thank you notes? Telephone etiquette? In early grades, none of us were expected to master these skills independently but they were integrated into our curriculum so that effective social behavior could be modeled at a young age." This made me think. How is technology any different from our other curriculum that we teach? When we first introduce a skill, our students aren't expected to master it. They are exposed several times starting at a young age, and as the curriculum spirals they begin to master it at a developmentally appropriate age. Shouldn't the same be said for technology? As the author points out, "social media pervades all aspects of modern society and it has become imperative for us as educators and parents to model appropriate digital citizenship to even our youngest learners." If we are expecting our children to learn important skills and information at a young age, and then build on it as they get older, shouldn't we do the same for "social media" and technology?

Library Media Specialist Elementary

I agree, it is important to

Was this helpful?
0

I agree, it is important to prepare students for the digital world even at the elementary level. Students need to learn how to balance technology and the playground. I think forums like Edmodo are a great introduction for students to learn to interact and collaborate with each other online. I have used Edmodo for book club discussions with both 4th and 5th grade successfully in the past.

Life Skills Support Teacher

This is likely the sickest

Was this helpful?
0

This is likely the sickest thing I've read on this website for quite a while. Any of you read the expose in TIME magazine last month regarding the millennial generation? Haven't we learned anything from their failures to become anything but overly self-entitled, self-absorbed materialists with compromised attention spans who can't live without FAST, EASY and FUN?

Early Childhood Classroom Assistant from St. Louis, MO

"However, what's important is

Was this helpful?
+1

"However, what's important is that we introduce all children to social media in appropriate and meaningful ways, regardless of their age, such that they can connect to a global audience and develop as empowered, networked learners."

I think that last sentence shows exactly why social media should be used with young students. I am very familiar with the "students already get too much screen time" argument. I understand where those teachers are coming from, but as long as the use of social media and technology in general is appropriate and meaningful I think it definitely has a place in elementary school classrooms. I was impressed with the example of Becca using social media to teach adults something. I know having students teach adults is incredible motivating for them, but I had never thought about having them do it through a blog. I think it is a great idea.

There are so many issues now with middle school and high school students abusing social media and using it for negative purposes such as cyberbullying. I wonder if teaching and modeling appropriate social media from a young age would help this at all. It might not make a difference, but isn't it worth taking the time to see if some of the inappropriate behavior could be avoided?

Substitute Teacher, student; aspiring technology director

re social media

Was this helpful?
0

I guess I would wonder if developing an online voice is really enough to benefit students throughout their academic careers. What I'm saying is participating in Skype, Twitter, Edmodo, etc. is great, but it may not be enough. There are other situations, off-line, where students need to develop a voice. As well. By the way, at my school we are blocked from accessing any social media sites without special permission, so the fact that your students have access to these tools makes my a bit envious.

Substitute Teacher, student; aspiring technology director

Citizenship is the key

Was this helpful?
0

I am all for allowing students to access many of these web tools, of course assuming the parents are on board, the teachers are guiding the lessons, and the websites are age-appropriate. We need to expose them to these technologies so we can teach them the right way to use the tools. We need to teach them how to protect themselves, and how to be respectful and responsible. They will get there, one way or the other. I choose a guided approach that teaches them real skills they can use the rest of their lives. Having said that, by the time they reach middle school, we also need to include more traditional learning methods. To provide a balanced approach, but also because those students will have their nose in a device all day anyway. It becomes a health concern after a while. Still, I appreciate your point of view and applaud Ms. Wideen's work.

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Access outside of school

Was this helpful?
0

Hi Amanda.
The students in Kristen Wideen's class do not tweet from the class account in these situations without teacher approval first. Because they are using the Twitter apps on iPad that are already logged into the account, they don't know how to access it from outside of school. This is definitely a guided activity at this stage.

On the other hand, this has also been an opportunity for parents to get involved and help their children tweet to the class - as demonstrated by Kristin Ziemke's story about her student in New York.

I think it also depends on the culture of your school and class. There may not be a "right" answer here.

Social media for e-learning & technology

I'm still thinking about the

Was this helpful?
0

I'm still thinking about the topic and reading upon it in other media too. Apparently, Quib.ly which I've already mentioned below have a discussion about it - 'Twitter in a primery school' http://quib.ly/qu/how-can-i-best-use-twitter-in-a-primary-school

see more see less