Friday, September 20, 2013

Social Networking in Education

Blogging: it seems so 1990s or early 2000s, however it is one of the best ways to create a social network in any given classroom.  This is because it is accessible to everyone and can be easily modified.  Furthermore, blogs are the one way to keep up with everyone you know rather than just emailing a few people the same thing every so often.  For example, when I studied abroad in Australia, I had a blog so that people could just hop on and read what I was up to.  It was much faster than having to tell everyone every week what happened to me.

I feel as though the blogs I have picked to follow are ones that are tailored to my interests.  For example, blogs about how to create a "cute" classroom interest me more than those of how to create a classroom for a high school setting.  Furthermore, these blogs would be more applicable to me.  I have made some comments about classroom design and why things worked for teachers, but have yet to receive any feedback from these bloggers.

Often times when I think about social networking in my classroom the question "How can I use this?" or "Will I be able to maintain this?" comes about.  I would like to believe that I can maintain a weekly blog about my classroom so that parents can be up to date on what is going on, however realistically I do not think that would be possible.  Therefore, I would create a monthly blog and update it whenever need be.  Social Networking is great and I am excited to see where it takes place in my future classroom.

-Ms. Harris