edCircuit Breakdown Educators and students have been trying to figure out the proper use of social media in the classroom since MySpace debuted in 2003. Many schools still block some social media sites based on policies formed during the beginning days. While some schools and districts are banning social media, others are embracing its use. One district in the U.K. is recruiting inspirational teachers to be social media ambassadors to help boost enrollment numbers. While evidence mounts that social media can take a toll on some children’s emotional wellbeing, there are still advocates for using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as tools for learning to present their work to a public audience. edCircuit Analysis Social media policies in education have been debated ever since before the first time a teacher tweeted out a picture of her lunch. Some districts ban teachers from friending students on social media, while others embrace it as a tool to keep kids up-to-date on assignments, homework and schedules. While it is true that there have been some high-profile scandals involving teachers and social media that have led to suspensions, it isn’t wise to craft social media policies that punish all teachers and students due to the actions of a few. A common sense approach to social media can go a long way toward improving the communication between educators and students by harnessing the power that social media has over kids today. Jim Reams is a marketing, communications and strategy consultant with over 25 years experience in both in-house and agency settings. He has specialized in EdTech and the education industry since 2009. You Might Be Interested In Professional Development in Education Never Ends The Power of Multiple Generations In Schools Number of English Language Learners on the Rise Popular Share 0 FacebookTwitterLinkedinEmail EdCircuit Staff edCircuit is a mission-based organization entirely focused on the K-20 EdTech Industry and emPowering the voices that can provide guidance and expertise in facilitating the appropriate usage of digital technology in education. One of our strategic pillars is to goal is to elevate the voices of today’s innovative thought leaders and edtech experts. previous post A Plan to Avoid the Curriculum in the Suitcase Syndrome next post Teaching Beyond Knowledge Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. * By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.