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Does Social Media belong in the classroom?

I came across this article at Mashable, about how a middle school teacher is using social media effectively to engage her students:

A year after seventh grade teacher Elizabeth Delmatoff started a pilot social media program in her Portland, Oregon classroom, 20% of students school-wide were completing extra assignments for no credit, grades had gone up more than 50%, and chronic absenteeism was reduced by more than a third. For the first time in its history, the school met its adequate yearly progress goal for absenteeism.

Those are impressive results. The article goes on to give us reasons why more schools should follow Delmatoff’s example:

  1. Social Media is Not Going Away
  2. When Kids Are Engaged, They Learn Better
  3. Safe Social Media Tools Are Available — And They’re Free
  4. Replace Online Procrastination with Social Education
  5. Social Media Encourages Collaboration Instead of Cliques
  6. Cell Phones Aren’t the Enemy

The one that made the most impact on me was “When Kids Are Engaged, They Learn Better.” The article gives another example of a teacher using blogging to get his students excited about writing.

It a good article to read, and bookmark.

Source: The Case For Social Media in Schools

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Sandra Fernandez is a social media and public relations consultant, tech enthusiast, book lover, and blogger. You can find her main blog at SandraSays.com and more of her writing at HispanicHouston.com.

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