Saturday, January 19, 2008

Social Networking

I just posted this comment and my 'For' vote to the Economists debate - Social networking technologies will bring large 'positive' change to educational practices both inside and outside the classroom -

It has to be a profound 'YES'. After adopting Elgg as our 'Private "social" School-Wide Network' a term coined above by Vicki Davis, I have been able to see the connections our Primary School pupils are able to make not only to peers within their own classroom but to peers across year groups and year levels. They are able to build communities based on their own interests and develop their own learning goals and direction using blogs, wiki's and RSS feeds. Surely this is the whole point of education to learn with and about things that interest you. To make connections with other people who are interested in the same things you are interested in. The classroom walls are coming down, no longer is the network limited to those in the same room as you. What better way to prepare our students for their lives in the Globally networked World than giving them safe experiences of using social networking within the school system.

Well that's my opinion. What's yours ? You still have chance to get in and register your vote before the debate ends on the 24th of Jan.

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