The mixed messages of teaching and social networks

I’ve come across a variety of interesting things lately about social networking. From Nick Carbone a few weeks ago:

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.

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