I’ve come across a variety of interesting things lately about social networking. From Nick Carbone a few weeks ago:
- Pronetos, which aims to be a social networking site for professors.
- This CHE piece, “Humanities Scholars Get Networked.”
- “The Death of Email,” which sparked quite a conversation on tech-rhet. Personally, I think this is a tad premature, and, as Yoda says, “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”
And yet, there’s this post from the NCTE Inbox about the Ohio Education Association’s recommendation that educators shouldn’t use Facebook and other social networking sites. I think the OEA is over-reacting and I of course agree with Traci Gardner’s point in this post that social network sites can be good resources for teachers, etc. But I know there’s a lot of resistance to this among some K-12 folks. When I taught ENGL 516 last year, I had students sign up for MySpace and Facebook to see what it looks like; a couple of the high school teachers were very very worried about this. I guess we’ll see what happens this coming year, too.