Social Networks – Bowdoin

September 28th, 2015

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. November 15th, 2011 at 11:39 | #1

    Del Brown From Lyman Moore where as a a middle school Facebook is blocked.

  2. November 15th, 2011 at 11:42 | #2

    Any social networking or discussion or outside blogs are also being blocked…encouraging kids to drop off the macbooks and use their phones.n

  3. Anonymous
    November 15th, 2011 at 11:43 | #3

    Greely Middle and High School has Facebook open now…

  4. Ellen McCarty
    November 15th, 2011 at 11:47 | #4

    In Portland schools, Facebook is blocked. I’m interested to hear that it isn’t blocked at Edward Little and is used in classes there.

  5. Micah Brown
    November 15th, 2011 at 11:49 | #5

    I think, especially FaceBook, has a great potential for expanded learning.

  6. Lori Twiss
    November 15th, 2011 at 11:52 | #6

    AhHa – Using FB page of a book character or historical figure, artist, etc. have kids design profile and discuss on page what they would post, friend.nn

  7. Pgautier
    November 15th, 2011 at 11:52 | #7

    FacebooknIndividual teachers can set up a classroom page that students can interact on during class time. Staff chat is great too.nShould student access to Facebook be blocked for high school students?nNeed to develop ways to deal with it, not prevent the students access.nMiddle school students need to use other social networks that are more controlled. Edmodo is a good choice for this level. nGoogle Plus for communities of students 18 or older.nCyberbullying is a huge concern. Common Sense has new lesson plans/videos, etc. to help with this.nContent area use of social networks: Create a page for an historical figure and discuss who would be the appropriate peers, etc. And what would there messages be like.n

  8. Crosby
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:16 | #8

    We have Facebook blocked (ineffectively) at the moment but we are hoping to open it up. Many teachers already use Facebook groups to communicate with classes and extracurricular activities – a good way to go where the student are without ‘friending’ them. I really like the idea of using the groups for quick ‘forums’ in class. Good fuel for the argument that Facebook can be useful and productive and not just negative.

  9. Pwood
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:24 | #9

    I really liked hearing about the different uses for Twitter – some I had never thought of before.

  10. Kerry G.
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:39 | #10

    There should be a forum/place to begin to share after and between the fall meetings.

  11. kbeeton
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:42 | #11

    We were wondering if we can get MLTI on the Social Network instead of Noteshare. This will help us make connections. Is Emodo the place to do this?

  12. Pwood
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:45 | #12

    Great to hear comments from a student on how social media is being used.

  13. Kerry G.
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:46 | #13

    What are students doing on Facebook? They are living their lives….the highs and lows. It’s a support network, not just a social network.

  14. Pgautier
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:46 | #14

    Online chatting: Text Audio Video ChatsniChat works well for video chats. Needs to be enabled by tech people.nLAN school u2013 teacher can communicate with students in class u2013 especially with kids who do not want to speak publicly in class.nBack channels: i.e. Chatzy can be used while watching a movie, kids can comment while movie going on. Doesn’t interrupt the class. Teacher sets it up and kids login.nStudents who are chatting are not using standard English – is this okay? Kids need to discern their audience and learn to create writing what is appropriate.

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