Social Networks – UMaine Machias

November 8th, 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. Steve
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:14 | #1

    I am concerned about students getting off task. I can see the importance of using social media, but how do we keep the students on topic?

    • Swilley
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 | #2

      This is definitely a huge issue and I’m not sure I have an answer. It seems that because students are so used to the instant gratification the internet provides, they have great difficulty staying focused on one task for any length of time; hence, I hear more than ever “I’m bored…”

  2. Nicole
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:15 | #3

    I struggle with the idea of adding students as friends on Face Book. I have created a “Mrs. Case” account, which is entirely separate from my personal account. I currently use it as a page which students can like, but I do not add “friends.” It would be easier to interact as friends, but I’m a little freaked out by my own concerns about liability issues. I’m not sure I want access to the students personal pages.

  3. Mary Anne
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:15 | #4

    How do others handle the idea that many social networks have age limits and most middle level students are too young?

  4. Bleavitt
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:15 | #5

    I used Twitter in the classroom to post “elevator pitches”. The students created accounts and posted their pitch and read their classmates pitches.

  5. Luke Jean
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:16 | #6

    Social networks are already used by about 90% of my students…Facebook and twitter are both mediums that they are comfortable with. I have heard of some classrooms that have twitter accounts, providing students with the opportunity to follow other important educational accounts and to share what they’ve been learning with the world. A classroom twitter account could feature notable quotes, reports on enjoyable activities from the particular day, establishment of possible goals in the future, etc.n

    • Nicole
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:11 | #7

      I love the idea of a classroom twitter account. This would be a great way for students to share what is going on with family and community members.

      • Luke Jean
        November 9th, 2011 at 12:13 | #8

        Ready-made community outreach…could be a great tool to bridge the communication gap between some districts and their families.

  6. Swilley
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:16 | #9

    I would like to have some ideas of how to incorporate social media more effectively into the English classroom (facebook, twitter, etc.) One obvious issue is the blocks that are up in schools, which I feel should be removed so that students learn how make responsible choices rather than be told that something is off limits. The reality is that they all know how to bypass blocks; however, they are using the media to enhance their educations.

    • Steve
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:18 | #10

      Setting up an unblocked teacher blog could allow a place for students to post writing and other students to comment on that writing.

  7. Nicole
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:17 | #11

    My husband teaches at WCCC. He has created a page and actively uses it as an experiment in tracking “friends.” He tries to create reasons for people to view his page. I find this a bit creepy, but he has demonstrated that it can be a powerful tool.n

    • Jaimie
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:09 | #12

      This sounds interesting. What types of reasons does he use? How does he track which people view the page?

      • Nicole
        November 9th, 2011 at 12:20 | #13

        Because he teaches marketing, he plays with this… He has a “Jiggs” account and he actively sends people messages and suggests they “like” his page. There is all sorts of analytical data available with a Face Book page.

    • DSnow
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:16 | #14

      I would like to know more about what he used to bait friends. Does he have a list? Is it random? are there topics?

  8. Jaimie
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:18 | #15

    Social networking can be a positive experience if used correctly. It can be used for more than just text-based discussions. Many people use it as a place to store their photo albums and videos… free storage! Privacy settings can be utilized to enable sharing with specific people or groups, but it is not always obvious to the user how to do this.

    • Mary Anne
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 | #16

      What positive way to look at it. Most social networks do have surface level usage, but they are truly being used for educational purpose when rigor is applied to the tool – the deeper usage beyond text-based discussions.

    • Luke Jean
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 | #17

      “Free” is definitely the name of the game with social networking (and other great internet resources such as Wikipedia).

  9. Dmj_04666
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:19 | #18

    Facebook has been a successful networking opportunity to interface between school and home. We share activities, sports, special events, and cancelations here. Students can check practice schedules and ask coaches questions.n

  10. Bleavitt
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:13 | #19

    Mr. Leavitt you are an awesome principal!

    • Nicole
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:16 | #20

      Really Brian???????????

      • Bleavitt
        November 9th, 2011 at 12:19 | #21

        Well…in my mind.

    • Steve
      November 9th, 2011 at 12:19 | #22

      I have to agree. Mr. Leavitt rocks!!!!

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