Assessment – Bowdoin

November 15th, 2011

In your content area groups:

  1. Decide on a topic and write a brief prompt that students will respond to on a blog, wiki, discussion board, etc.
  2. Determine five criteria for high-quality work. Write the criteria in the form of statements that would appear in a rubric.
  3. Write some comment starters that students can use when giving each other feedback on their posts.
  1. Becca
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:32 | #1

    I knew Iu2019d entered a new era when I heard my favorite MPBN personality inviting me to u201cfriendu201d him on facebook. The very words seemed contrived and out of place coming from my radio. Suddenly I felt very alone; was I indeed the last hold-out?n Everyone I know claims that they donu2019t use facebook much, but itu2019s useful for keeping in touch with far-flung friends. Call me a Luddite, but I keep in touch with my friends the old fashion way….email and phone calls. And perhaps because it requires some effort on my part, it means I value my friends more. There are reasons Iu2019ve fallen out of touch with the people I knew in elementary school.n So why friend my students? Should we encourage the voyeuristic impulses that fuel high school gossip? Or is the goal to model positive, responsible online communication. Either way, Iu2019m not sure teachers are the right group to involve. Part of our professional training involves finding the balance between being a caring, supportive adult and maintaining appropriate boundaries. Perhaps the most valuable lesson we can offer our emerging digital citizens is how and when to respect these boundaries.

    • Pgautier
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:50 | #2

      Intriguing opening sentence!nIt would be good if you had stated your thesis more clearly. It seems to come at the end in your conclusion.

  2. Pgautier
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:36 | #3

    t”Hey there. Your new profile picture is hot! Love the way you let your hair go loose.” Imagine reading this in Facebook and realizing it is coming from a student sitting in your class! Do you answer back, unfriend him, or ignore it? It is not a good idea for teachers to friend students in Facebook, at least in their personal accounts. ntThere are numerous legal liabilities involved with this and it can create an uncomfortable atmosphere in the classroom. There is a respect line in the student teacher relationship. Technology has made that line even narrower and allows students a degree of anonymity and courage they would not have in a face to face environment.Teachers and students need to learn the social etiquette involved with social media.ntIf the teacher wants to use Facebook as a social media tool in the classroom she should set up a class account that will allow all the students in that class to join. Then she can use the wall for posting assignments, or ask for comments or ideas from students on particular subjects or issues. Facebook can be a powerful tool if used correctly and with all the privacy settings activated properly. ntBefore you get yourself in trouble and find the SRO at your door or a parent on the phone, think twice before you accept a student on your personal Facebook account.Take advantage of the possibilities of doing a classroom page.

    • Laurie
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:51 | #4

      ” ‘Hey there. Your new profile picture is hot! Love the way you let your hair go loose.’ Imagine reading this in Facebook and realizing it is coming from a student sitting in your class!”, is a powerful introduction and helps me understand your position on this topic.

    • Hoganlster
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:53 | #5

      Your introduction is engaging and you really grabbed my attention when you wrote a wall post for an opening statement.

    • Kjongerden
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:53 | #6

      Pgautier – Well written! Thoroughly enjoyed your engaging introduction – had me hooked! Clear, concise and convincing. I’d happily sign on to your FB manifesto!!

    • Tim Hart
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:03 | #7

      Your introduction is engaging and you really grabbed my attention when you wrote…that “your new profile picture is hot!”

  3. separate but equal
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:36 | #8

    Separate but Equal… that’s the name of the game!nWe think keeping personal and professional lives separate is important; however,nit could be a healthy dose of reality to have students and teachers interact on a fb platform. As with school email versus personal email, it’s important for all parties (teachers and students) involved to have a school fb account separate from their personal fb account. There is real value for sharing and growing an online community – a place to model digital citizenship. Learning from one another in that platform can be very rich, but it will take student and teacher buy in for it to work.

    • David Ingmundson
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:48 | #9

      Good strong lead, even if I don’t agree. A hackneyed phrase actually helps focus discussion when we’re working quickly like this. And it makes me think: Separate is inherently unequal. Isn’t it? Who has more power if we separate kid land from adult land?

    • Ltwiss
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:54 | #10

      concise, reinforces opening sentence, nice conclusion sentence

  4. Tim Hart
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:36 | #11

    Students have no right to be entering my private life! On the other hand, we know that students need mentors and strong adults in their lives. They need the wisdom of their elders in order to make good decisions in their lives. For these reasons, I believe teachers should friend students on Facebook, but take care to maintain their privacy. This can be accomplished by creating a second Facebook account to be used only for educational use.nnSome people think that by creating a second Facebook profile for students, they are being somehow dishonest. Do we expect that our students would share their principal Facebook profile with us, while we show them only our filtered profile? What would stop a student creating a secondary, sanitized profile to share with us? Does it even matter if they do this? The point here is that students have a point of contact with a responsible adult in an online network.nnTherefore, I will be creating a separate Facebook account in order to communicate with my students and to understand the world in which they live.n

    • Laura
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:52 | #12

      Tim, I agree that it is really important to provide our students with access to our online selves. Creating a second, professional, account is a great solution to the “I don’t want to share my personal life with my students” conundrum. Your argument that kids need responsible adults in their online network is convincing and well stated!

    • Lisa
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:55 | #13

      Your ending really helped me understand the point you were making, especially when you wrote you would be creating a separate Facebook account in order to communicate with my students and to understand the world in which they live.

    • Hamlet
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:55 | #14

      Your introductory paragraph clearly states your thesis of creating a FB page for educational purposes only. Then you provide details that make your thinking visible- your rationale and evidence to the reader.

  5. Batman
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:37 | #15

    This green cursor is making me ill. So is friending students on Facebook. Just kidding…I actually am friends with many of them. I can see what they are up to. Once I have found that a student had posted a colleague’s cell phone number on his wall, and that came in handy! I had dropped one student because her postings nauseated me. I have little to show students outside of my activities in theater. Their stuff doesn’t interest me generally, but it is fun to let them know that I appreciate something they said from time to time.

    • David Ingmundson
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:52 | #16

      Hmm. Think I would drop the first sentence, though it shows a strong voice, for sure.nI wonder how, in the age of Paterno, we mandatory reporters have to react to what we “learn” on Facebook. Or maybe I should say how we should act, not react.

  6. guest
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:40 | #17

    Facebook is a tool that should potentially be available for teachers and students. I do not see this as a “homework” assignment, as in everyone go home and friend your teacher tonight. There are certainly teachers who would be willing to be friends with their students, but other teachers might not be willing to establish that relationship. There may also be students who do not want to be friends with their teachers. But it certainly could and should be available if a student and teacher wish to have that relationship. Part of the role of educators should be to model what good digital citizenship looks like. Believe it or not, teachers are in fact human beings, even though many of us pretend not to be in the classroom.

  7. Holly
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:40 | #18

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! JPu2019s brotheru2019s ex-wife got caught in the back round of a picture holding a solo cup of water at a family friends graduation party. There was apparently under aged drinking that happened after she left and she ended up losing her job because of that picture.n Of course our first reaction is negative because we don’t want to have students consider us their friend. Our second reaction is more positive. It’s up to Facebook users to shape the Facebook experience. We’re in big big trouble is we leave Facebook to the kids, or if we accept a “digital divide” between older folks and kids on Facebook.nnRemember, Facebook has changed already; it’s already very different from the first intentions of Mark Zuckerberg and those Winklevi twins. And that’s OK. Facebook with adults and teenagers sharing the same social space will be different too.nnThe only time a teacher should be friends with a student on Facebook is if that teacher has created an account that is only used for educational purposes. Teachers can use Facebook to connect with students, remind them of assignments, and provide students with a venue to interact with each other on a given topic. Discussions, groups, etc. are all worthwhile tools on Facebook that can be used in the classroom. A teacher must make sure that they are not using the account for personal reasons. What is going on in a teacher’s private life should be kept private from students, and many times, teachers probably don’t want to know everything that is going on in a student’s private life as well.

    • kbeeton
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:50 | #19

      In the introduction, your main idea is not clear. “No,” what?

    • Ltwiss
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:51 | #20

      I agree private life should be separate, strong conclusion

    • Courtney B.
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:53 | #21

      You inclusion of an anecdote in your introduction made for an interesting and engaging hook. It prepares your readers to be considering different angles to the issue.

    • Edupont
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:02 | #22

      I love that your example is real life! I know I take such care to make sure that I, nor any of the people I post are doing anything that is embarrassing or just shouldn’t be seen in a public forum, I would hate to think about being discovered on a student’s page! But, creating another account? More passwords to remember…n

    • Batman
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:03 | #23

      Your introductory exclamation was arresting.

  8. Hlachapelle
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:41 | #24

    Teachers should not friend students on facebook. First, teachers deserve to have their own personal life and privacy. Teachers spend a lot of time with their students, and like to focus on family when they are home. Adding students to their facebook friend list would eliminate the time away from work. Second, facebook is a students venue to share, and it is also a teacher’s venue to share; neither wants to be limited to what they can say. (Reading a teenagers constant status updates can be too much information :)) Updates can also be awkward when living and working in the same community. Sometimes people can be connected to you unknowingly and comments can be taken out of context. Lastly, this could set up inappropriate communications; the relationship between a teacher and student should be professional. Kids have enough friends, they need more mentors in their lives.

    • Ltwiss
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:49 | #25

      introduction can be more engaging

    • Anonymous
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:52 | #26

      This is very clear and to the point. Your ideas are easy to follow and organized logically.

  9. JD
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:42 | #27

    Should teachers “friend” their students on Facebook? Are teachers really ever friends with their students? Do we meet with them after school and hangout with them after school? Do we share the latest school gossip with our students about who is dating who? We don’t think so. Hence our view becomes very mixed when we approach the notion of whether we truly should friend a student on facebook! The word friend seems to be the critical and key word in our response.nAs we worked together discussing this notion of friending… our general consensus was that in the real world we would not go and search out our students as our friends, therefore friending them on our personal facebook page would not be a choice we might make. Yet, if we were to create an educational facebook page, that would take on a whole new purpose. But then, would anyone join our page? Would students want to friend us? If so, what could we talk about? Would we keep it educational? Would we share personal information? Just these few questions would create a diverse discussion… Then regarding discussion, would facebook then not become a discussion board? Would we have changed its social networking connotation? These questions seemed to be endless.nIn conclusion, our overall feelings are conflicted. More time and definitely more discussion would be needed to make an sound decision whether or not we “Friend” our students… or should I say we let them “friend us”.

    • Ltwiss
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:48 | #28

      The use of multiple questions allows room for great discussions

    • Daviss
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:49 | #29

      I’m not sure why your view is mixed if you all agree that teachers and students are not friends. I love your into paragraph! I think it’s a great discussion of the elements of friendship and the fact that we are teachers above all. So I don’t think you need the sentence about mixed views.

      • JD
        November 15th, 2011 at 14:57 | #30

        great feedback… perhaps this means my narrative needs more revision, as friending would be the ideal, but not the “real”

    • Hamlet
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:52 | #31

      Your justification for not friending on a personal FB page is clearly explained and provides great evidence to support your argument for not using a personal FB page but creating one that is educationally specific

    • Kbeeton
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:52 | #32

      Your introduction is engaging and conveys the main idea of you post well.

    • Batman
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:58 | #33

      You bring up a compelling philosophical conundrum here. You justify the open-ended quality of your argument.

  10. Wentzj
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:45 | #34

    nOur first reaction is a pretty strong “no”. Do we really want to know so much about our students? Do we really want students to know about us? Do we really want to be available 24/7 to read and respond to student comments? Would the casualness of this social media enhance or detract from a teacher/student interactions? What do we give up in order to have time to connect this way? nnOn the other hand there could be some worthwhile and meaningful connections. Would there be students who are non-responsive in class who would feel freer to express themselves on Facebook? There would be amply opportunity to make 1 to 1 connections. It would be a positive to learn more about our students. We could model positive digital citizenship practices on Facebook.nnThere is no easy answer. We can see benefits to reaching students through social media but there has to be a line between student and teacher. The idea that Facebook is so personal is a barrier.

    • Batman
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:56 | #35

      Fair and balanced argumentation.

  11. Kate and Erica
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:45 | #36

    Friend my students on FaceBook? Are you kidding me? This is my personal space that I share with my friends and others who share the same interests. Friending my students gets into that gray area of professionalism crossing over to personal. Itu2019s just too weird to think that my students may see my personal family photos or read what my grandmother posted on my wall! Lets face it. I love my grandmother, but sheu2019s a little quirky and I donu2019t want to hear about it in algebra class! Letu2019s face it, itu2019s crossing that line I just donu2019t want to cross.n

    • Don Seymour
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:53 | #37

      Strong argument against friending students on Facebook. It brings up the idea of having two different FaceBook accounts, one for your personal life and one dedicated to your classroom work.

    • Batman
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:55 | #38

      Nice personal anecdote about about your grandmother! It adds vividness to a succinct argument.

    • Holly Feeney
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:57 | #39

      The tone of your two introductory questions grabbed my attention.

    • Edupont
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:58 | #40

      I like this and agree with your comment especially about your grandmother! I have relatives that shouldn’t be heard in public at all, let alone have comments read by children!

  12. Daviss
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:45 | #41

    Personal Facebook page that students can access, absolutely not! First and foremost, we are teachers who have a professional relationship with our students. We do not think it is appropriate to friend students on Facebook. nnWe do not friend students on Facebook. Facebook is a tool we use to keep in touch with family and friends. It is a way to connect with people we don’t regularly see and share photos with family and friends. We do not want our students to have access to the personal information and or photos we have posted or friends have posted Facebook. nnHaving access to photos of students and personal information that they might not share at school is another responsibility that we would rather not take on. We would rather get to know our students face to face and teach them French or Math, thank you very much! n

  13. Micah Brown
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:45 | #42

    Do you hang out with your students in the mall? Probably not, but at the same time if you see your students out in the world, don’t you want them to be happy to see you? And donu2019t you want to them to know you as more than just a teacher?nnThe professional/personal line seems to get blurrier as digital life and real life intersect more and more. It’s a consideration for students that they might not even realize requires serious attention. Students often times over-share in real life, and digital life provides an even broader platform for that over-sharing. This is something that we must educate our students about.nnFacebook offers a great opportunity to teach our students these skills. Using built-in tools within the Facebook application, you can separate your students from the rest of your life, allowing a single point of contact for all aspects of your life. Setting up groups for each class allows only those members the ability to post. Teaching your students how to use these tools helps them understand how to manage their own personal/professional/educational lines.nnAlternatively, you can setup a secondary account that you use only for your life at school to keep home and school life even more separate and have your students setup an alternate account as well.nnIt’s a tool that they are already using, and finding a way to leverage that tool can only help them in using it appropriately.nnMicah BrownnCourtney Belolan

    • Kate
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:03 | #43

      You provide a good argument for setting up a secondary account.

  14. Hamlet
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:46 | #44

    To allow or not to allow Facebook- that is the question. As part of common practice today, teachers should friend their students on Facebook. While many educators would agree with this statement, there are many who would not. Moreover, certain school districts prohibit such a practice. n Positive applications of the use of friending students on Facebook are as diverse as the students. Some would argue that this social network site allows for a consistent venue for communication between teacher, student, and parents. Another positive aspect of FB is that is engaging for students and may reach some not so engaged students as well as deepen the engagement of others. Additionally, it provides a forum for student sharing their work,idea, and process in an immediate fashion. Also, it might be a means for students to more effectively self-monitor the appropriateness of the content of their comments, photographs, video, etc. nt There are just as many negative arguments for not allowing the use of FaceBook in the educational setting. One negative aspect to the use of this application is that it blurs the boundaries within the student/teacher relationship. Another possible concern is the loss of privacy for both teacher and students- TMI ( Too Much Information). The inability to control what type of discourse that occurs is a significant concern due to the grave consequences of cyberbullying.nt There is no easy answer to the question of ” To allow or not to allow Facebook.” Each school should have a thorough discussion of the implications of Facebook in the classroom. This discussion should include the rationale for using it, the student population, and instructional objectives. A proactive approach would appear to be the way to ensure that the use of Facebook does not turn into a Shakespearean tragedy!

    • Don Seymour
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:49 | #45

      Strong closing sentence, well thought out piece.

    • JD
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:50 | #46

      fabulous analogy!

  15. justsayno
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:47 | #47

    Have you ever had the desire to share your college experiences with your students? Do you want to be publicly humiliated? Do you want to sit before the school board and explain those decisions you made when you were 18? Then friend your students on Facebook. nnWhen you allow students to be your friends on fb you have no control over what they see. Pictures, messages, comments by friends, family and acquaintances are out there for all to see. No chance to edit, explain or censor. There are too many layers of vulnerability. nnOn the other hand, fb is more and more the medium for sharing information and connecting with members of your community. It could be a useful tool for a school community with the teacher being an essential piece. Possibly a way to overcome the argument against friending students would be to establish a separate account that is just for school friends.nnIn conclusion it is not a good idea to friend your students. It opens you up to not always welcome to public scrutiny. However, in the interest of engaging students in the medium of the day, open a separate facebook account to be used exclusively for communicating about school.

    • JD
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:49 | #48

      enjoyed the organization and your choice of words to say what I was thinkingn

    • Anonymous
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:49 | #49

      Your introduction is gripping! It pulls me in and makes me want to read more!

    • Heidi
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:52 | #50

      I agree, great introduction!

    • Wentzj
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:53 | #51

      Your introduction caught my attention. Judy

    • Daviss
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:56 | #52

      Yes, great intro!

  16. Greg
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:47 | #53

    Yes to facebooking students because social media, video and discussion boards are great tools. In the context of education, they can each be used for collaboration and presentation of ideas. The big thing about video is content. this content is up to the individual, but is best elicited with clear objectives. Give a kid something to shoot, and then the camera becomes a tool of conveying discussion, rather than a distraction. They can then present the video and receive feedback with which they will become aware where they stand in relationship to their peers

    • David Ingmundson
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:05 | #54

      Man, I hear where you’re coming from, but you’re really in the minority here, bro.

  17. Curryk
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:47 | #55

    The issue of students and teachers becoming Facebook friends is more gray than simply black or white. Depending upon the technical ability of the users, there are a number of factors to consider.nnFor instance, if teachers and students donu2019t have the full understanding of Facebook privacy concerns and settings, teachers and students should absolutely not be friends on personal Facebook accounts.nnIf social networking is to be used for professional, educational purposes, teachers and students should develop a stronger understanding around Facebook privacy concerns and settings. Or, such closed platforms as Ning or Edmodo could be used instead, since these platforms are designed to have more restricted privacy settings.nnIf teachers and students do become friends using their personal Facebook accounts, they should configure their groups to have appropriate privacy settings, like we would when we are Facebook friends with ex-girlfriends/boyfriends and family members!nnRegardless of the social networking tool, the “normal” protocols of social behavior should occur, even though the interaction is in a virtual place now. Common sense and professional standards should transcend the virtual space.

    • Holly Feeney
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:53 | #56

      Your introduction does an excellent job of setting the stage for the rest of your response.

    • Brownp
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:03 | #57

      Engaging introduction!

  18. Kbeeton
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:48 | #58

    Today Facebook is the most popular social media. There are billions of people around the world poking, friending, and posting their thoughts and feelings there. In the world of education there is a debate going on as to whether teachers should be conversing and friending their students on Facebook. I believe teacher should befriend students on Facebook.nnThis would open up the door to inappropriate interactions because Facebook is used so much for personal content. Knowing the “too personal” lives of the students is not a good idea. u00a0Even worse is having the students know about your “too personal” life. u00a0It is not always what the teacher himself or herself might post that may be troublesome, but the things his or her “friends” might post that students would see before the teacher has a chance to delete. u00a0What about all those “I just answered a question about ….” u00a0Can you imagine the responses a student might put? u00a0It sends shivers up and down my spine.nnStudents are also learning how to become digital citizens and may not be thinking as clearly as they should about what they should make available to their teachers. There are other ways which teachers can have online contact with students, such as educational based social networking sites, like edmodo, as well as CMS systems with discussion board options, google docs set up for school.nnWhat would the benefits be to have students as your friend on your personal facebook page? This is an area that could be an issue and cause significant problems. If there is a class facebook page it may be possible but that is now a teacher student class purpose. But can that also cause danger if students use their personal facebook accounts. No, students and teacher should NOT be friends on Facebook.n

    • Kbeeton
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:52 | #59

      In the opening, the last line should say, I do NOT believe teachers should befriend students on Facebook.

    • Alpaca Farm
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:54 | #60

      Great job Kyle!

    • David Ingmundson
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:04 | #61

      Well argued, Kyle.nBut the definition of “friend” is changing beneath our feet, right now.nAnd it’s Zuckerberg’s fault. The kids already use a different definition of “talk.” “Talk” now means a post, a text, not necessarily anything involving sound waves…

    • Alida
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:04 | #62

      You have written a very clear summary of the controversial issue surrounding whether or not students and teachers should be Facebook friends.

  19. Anonymous
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:48 | #63

    I have a life and my life does not revolve around my students or Facebook. While Facebook has many promising educational aspects, my personal Facebook account is just that, personal. Facebook allows for a wide range of connections. You can immediately update your homework expectations, you can share important videos, you can poll and do quick surveys. It sounds like an educational boon but… There are many other ways to connect with students. This is not meeting them where they are, especially since Facebook is where many of us are. I do not want to be available to my students 24/7. After work, after 4:00, it is family time. Students and teachers need to have boundaries. While we all like to know more about our kids — what interests them, what sports they play — we do not need to know who is making out with whom or where the party is this weekend! Students also need a place where they are comfortable sharing with each other without the watchful eyes of teachers. Parents can make the decision to watch over their children but teacher should not. My personal life is mine, meant for family and friends and my studentsu2019 personal life is meant for their family and friends. I am not a friend to my students in the physical world, why would I be a friend to them in the digital world? u201cFriendingu201d students on a personal Facebook account is crossing the line for educators and for students.

  20. Lisa’s Group
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:49 | #64

    When I view memorials to teachers many state “coach, teacher, friend” in memorial. This is the highest accolade possible for a teacher.I don’t disagree with teachers “friending” students via Facebook. I do believe that teachers need to be professional about what they have on their Facebook pages and allowing that information to be viewed by students, so a professional vs. a personal Facebook page might be the way around the ‘friend” issue. “Friending” those students who are in your classes and it is for educational purpose is also a good idea. There is a boundary line that teachers/professional educational staff need to maintain in order to be effective learning environment and keep kids safe.

    • David Ingmundson
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:59 | #65

      Amen, Lisa and group.nThey don’t care what ya know, til they know that you care.nn

  21. Carrie_Faith & Elric Blow
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:49 | #66

    Teachers friending students on Facebook can lead to a native way for students to communicate with their instructors out of class when they might otherwise be inaccessible. With the tools that are now available to us, it is completely possible to have a professional connection with students while still maintaining a personal identity. n Having a professional page would provide students with a way to get a hold of you to ask questions and get help on an assignment, project, or class objective. It would give students a place to collaborate together on assignments and help each other in their learning.I can envision students sharing ideas, thoughts, and giving all sorts of feedback on their children’s book. What greater tool is there where students can share ideas, projects, written work or for them to contact us with question and get a quick response?n When a channel of communication is opened between a technician and users, whether it be adults or students, the ability to ensure a positive learning experience on MacBooks or other learning devices is greatly increased. When students have a connection to their building technician on Facebook it creates the ability for students to be further within grasp of answers to issues or troubles they may be having. n With the advancements of social media the fears of being connected with students outside of the classroom should no longer outweigh all the educational assets available through social networking sources such as Facebook.

  22. PROFE
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:51 | #67

    It could be a problem if you are posting things that you don’t want the student population to see. But then again, you should be careful with what you are posting anyway. Only real problem I see is that you don’t really want to know what they are writing about sometimes. Some of my students have been able to get pictures of me etc. through my daughter’s facebook account because they are friends with them. Pictures that I didn’t even put on their – she did.

    • Edupont
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:06 | #68

      I know that when my children are of an age that I feel they will be able to use FB in an useful way, I will be concerned about photos they may post. But I do agree that we need to be aware of what we are posting as a whole. Even in our “private” lives.

  23. Hammalo
    November 15th, 2011 at 14:52 | #69

    Jason Paqui from Bath, Me is an inspiration to us all! Go Paqui!!

    • Alpaca Farm
      November 15th, 2011 at 14:56 | #70

      He really is a great educator!

    • Jason Paqui
      November 15th, 2011 at 15:00 | #71

      Good introduction. Nice middle. Wonderful conclusion. Go Paqui!

    November 15th, 2011 at 14:55 | #72

    There are far too many layers to Facebook to allow someone to truly have an easy set opinion. I believe it can be a good and bad idea. Sometimes it is good to be friends with your teachers as it allows you to have much easier access to them however at the same time if I am friends with a teacher, especially one that I am currently attending school with I try to adjust my privacy settings so that they won’t see too much because I believe that if they were to see some of the things I say or do it could change their opinion of me that is not always true, or it is possible that sadfadgjakg okay, anyways, it is possible that they may see a photo of me that looks like I am drinking alcohol however I really am not, which could confuse them.

  25. Gmaguire
    November 15th, 2011 at 15:07 | #73
  26. Wentzj
    November 15th, 2011 at 15:30 | #74

    Lyman Moore Middle School – info to pass onn u2022 “Flip” Classes conceptn u2022 While watching movies, for example, have ongoing opportunity to have an electronic side discussionn u2022 Blog assessment rubricn u2022 Streaming directly to laptops allowing teachers to move around room

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