Social Networks – Saco

November 13th, 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. jjs
    November 14th, 2011 at 11:33 | #1

    District blocks facebook, kids get around it, clubs/activities have pages that are not “legally” accessible!

    • November 14th, 2011 at 12:34 | #2

      Administration is often busy with EDU law, regs and plans. Keeping up with technology can be overhelming for them. Those who know the least will often be the last to engage or change. Educating Administrtion and Staff is critical to gaining accessiblity and understanding to these tools.

  2. jjs
    November 14th, 2011 at 11:53 | #3

    Students love social networking, and are almost lost without it. It is certainly worth leveraging for classroom purposes. However, proper use must be taught not simply expected.

    • November 14th, 2011 at 12:30 | #4

      I thought while Jim mentioned that the Digital Citizen was born in 1993 or later. It won’t be more then 4-5 years till we see a new group of teachers who will enter education and embrace this sort of change.

  3. meg Fox
    November 14th, 2011 at 11:58 | #5

    Students use facebook more than they use email. We need to teach them how to do this responsibly.

  4. JH
    November 14th, 2011 at 11:58 | #6

    Although, I think people should be careful online, people shouldn’t be penalized for discussing their day in a general way on Facebook.

  5. peg
    November 14th, 2011 at 12:06 | #7

    Educators need to understand that these sites are part of the everyday life not just for our students but for the outside world of businesses and other organizations. We all need to learn how these sites can be useful and educational for students, parents and teachers

  6. Hmanchester
    November 14th, 2011 at 12:12 | #8

    Edmodo works really well in our high school. The ninth grade teachers are using it with their classrooms. It is free, it looks like Facebook, and it is easy to navigate.

    • November 14th, 2011 at 12:35 | #9

      I don’t mind using tools like Edmodo, because they provide accessiblity to otherwise restricted sites. But, why would we not harness the tools kids already access via a multitude of devices.

  7. November 14th, 2011 at 12:16 | #10

    Ning provides a nice training ground where you can keep the network closed.n

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