Monday, November 8, 2010

Facebook as a Learning Tool - Yes Indeed

I read this article and knew I had to share it.  So many schools/districts are blocking Facebook and other social networking sites and this article does an excellent job of explaining how teacher, Erin Schoening has harnessed the power of social networking with her 1st grade students in Council Bluffs, Iowa.   

Congratulations to Ms. Schoening for challenging and engaging her students in an experience that I believe they will never forget.  She has parents on board and students are "writing for an audience." 

I realize that people have strong opinions about Facebook so, I choose to look at the student engagement, collaboration and positive communication that Ms. Schoening's project has generated.  There are other tools we can use to communicate and collaborate and most have positives and negatives.

Teachers, consider this as one fine example of what a group of 6 and 7 year old students can do with proper supervision, instruction and support.  Share your thoughts in the comment box. 

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