Social Networks – Waterville Grand Hotel

November 7th, 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. Teri Caouette
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:28 | #1

    One way I found that some schools are teaching social networking is by using a site called Fakebook.n

  2. MPoulin
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:40 | #2

    When asked, students state that opening up FB during school hours would be distracting to the educational process.

  3. Martha Thibodeau
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:40 | #3

    NOTES from our discussion:nnEdmodo is an interesting Social Network site that is a closed network. Will students be willing to use this social network in addition to the facebook/myspace they are already using? Check for a demo from Lori Stevens at Warsaw Middle School. nnParents need to see some of this information about digital footprints.nnHow many schools encourage and/or educate parents to use the parent login?nnWhat court cases in Maine have shown that parents are responsible for inappropriate use of the devices at home? Please post these resources.nnCommon Sense Media has some resources around Digital Citizenship. Teri Caouette can provide resources for DC curriculum.nnUsing Social Networks:nPosting as characters in a time period. Can only interact with others in your time period.

  4. Anonymous
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:44 | #4

    If we don’t incorporate how kids learn as digital citizens- including social networking- we lose credibility as educators. Just like if we were to use Horn Books to teach reading. Social networks can be used as a way for kids to access teachers (if the teacher chooses to be on line) outside of the school day. When do we start to abandon a school model that we know isn’t working?

  5. Teri Caouette
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:45 | #5

    Commentsnn”Educate the parents”nnTeacher used Ning and it was amazing”nn”Student submits writing and she gets great feedback.”nnnn

  6. Teri Caouette
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:58 | #6

    Collaborative possibilities good. nnWould like to see MLTI organize a place where we could share ideas around social networking.

  7. Teri Caouette
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:05 | #7

    Paradigm shift and we don’t know how to do it well. How do we do it.nn

  8. Teri Caouette
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:09 | #8

    Commentsnn”Skill level of some of the staff is a problem.nn

    • Stephanie Vargas
      November 8th, 2011 at 12:13 | #9

      Would love to have a PD day for elementary staff!

  9. Jbersani
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:15 | #10

    Good film… I wish the opinion of social networking in my district wasn’t that is was just a simply vehicle for cyber-bullying.

  10. Pam
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:22 | #11

    Pam – Messalonskee High; I use Facebook with very few “friends,” mostly family members. Would love to find ways social networks can be used in the classroom if, or when, we unblock them.

  11. Psmall
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:23 | #12

    I use Facebook quite often. Would like to see an Introduction to Social Networking for students to properly use it, and not abuse it.

  12. Pelwell
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:47 | #13

    Going to try edmodo since I have heard about it in both sessions thus far. Thanks.

  13. Ephillips
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:50 | #14

    We do not have a facebook page. I use google doc to do I use google doc to write interactive journals. Students all share with me as of right now, but they can if they want to share with others in the class to collaborate together.

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