Ryan provides a little pushback on the use of Facebook for high school students. His comments...
... it’s bothersome to think of avoiding human interaction with the teacher asto some extent he has a point. If you push the model to extremes and all your interactions go online then it would certainly be a problem. However, I was thinking that if the students aren't asking at all in the classroom, then maybe facilitating a discussion online might be a powerful tool. Then of course a really skilled teacher (unlike the ones I was refering to in my high school experience) would tackfully work online conversations into classroom conversations and encourage participation and collaboration. Clarifying assignments, individualizing and adapting instruction, and providing alternative views, ideas, and approaches seem like good activities to do in a digital, collaborative environment. Facebook, MySpace, and SecondLife seem like popular platforms already being used for collaboration so it sounds like a good idea to offer these extensions.
being a solution. It seems like that would harm social skills and the
developing personalities of young minds. While I’m sure everyone
has neglected a question due to fear of how other students might react,
a habitual “always ask online” method may prove to be even
The point that
... high school students spending 3-6 hours on MySpace as it is, promoting even more of this stuff just may be a little too much.might also be looked at from a different perspective. If it is that motivating, then there maybe some way that it can support the learning process. Maybe part of that 3-6 hours could be spent solving problems, engaged in learning new ideas, or doing collabortive projects as homework assignments. I am sure a response to that is that they are making mix tapes and posting pictures of themselves during obscene things, but hey I like to think positive.