Social Networks – Belfast

November 15th, 2011

Social Networks are groups that individuals join to meet and share ideas, hobbies or special interests.   Unlike physical social networks, these online communities may be spread across the globe.

The most widely used Social Network site is Facebook with over 7 million users.    Social Network sites allow users to create an online profile and connect with other people either by posting a public profile or a closed space that can be used only by known friends and family.   These people are in turn all “linked” to each other.

Generally a person shares their interests and can add links or photographs and even blog entries.


  1. Meartsed
    November 16th, 2011 at 11:46 | #1

    Who would Abraham Lincoln be friends with on Facebook if alive today? Romeo and Juliet – now that is interesting to think about. And, what a good discussion topic for students.

    • Kathleen Toole
      November 16th, 2011 at 11:59 | #2

      It was a lot of fun, and students always surprised me with their innovations – showing what applications Juliet would use, etc. The most interesting conversations came up around how the story would have changed, 400 years later, with how students the age of Romeo and Juliet now cede much of their privacy willingly via their digital footprint.nnBut, as we discussed – the odd irony of attempting this project was that my school at the time did not allow Facebook usage, and many parents objected to their students having profiles; this meant that we did the project in a paper-based format. It would have been interesting to take this project in a more social direction if a closed network had been utilized.

  2. Kathleen Toole
    November 16th, 2011 at 12:05 | #3

    Can a system like Edmodo be used across districts? For example, can I create a network for my classroom, but also communicate with a classroom in another town?

  3. Super90210
    November 16th, 2011 at 12:24 | #4

    How can they be used successfully with adults who have hardly ever used the devices/social networks? Food for discussion.

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