By Melissa Purcell
Our net 2.0 global is predicated on participation. Incorporating networking websites into lecture room lesson plans invitations scholars to take part and become involved utilizing the electronic studying types with which they're already accustomed—interacting with new info, development wisdom, and sharing that wisdom with an real, responsive viewers.
The Networked Library: A advisor for the academic Use of Social Networking Sites demonstrates how integrating networking instruments that scholars take pleasure in utilizing can increase their studying within the lecture room. The ebook is designed to take educators who're new to networking websites from the floor up, whereas permitting specialists to leap at once into the lesson plan chapters. It covers many varieties of networking websites that educators can use to their virtue: media sharing websites, together with YouTube, TeacherTube, Wikimedia Commons, and Flickr; microblogs and wikis resembling Wikispaces, PBworks, and Twitter; and social networking websites together with fb, Ning, and Edmodo.
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Of course, the Internet oﬀers inappropriate content students can see as well as a free forum for students to write inappropriate content, but they can hear inappropriate conversations on the street corner and write anything they want with a pen and paper. This chapter is not meant to address every issue that will be encountered online but is meant to provide a basis for including networking sites in lesson plans. There are entire books available on cyber safety and responsible Internet behavior that provide more information on the subject.
1 Example of an Acceptable Use Policy for Students Using Computers at School I, ___________________________, accept and agree to abide by the following rules: I realize that the use of computers at school is a privilege, not a right. My privilege to access my computer account is directly linked to my responsibility using that account. I accept that inappropriate behavior may lead to penalties, including suspension of access to my computer account, disciplinary action, and/or legal action. I understand that all computer activity is monitored.
I release the school and the school system and all other organizations and individuals from any liability or damages that may result from using networking sites on campus. In addition, I will accept full responsibility and liability for the results of my actions with regard to the use of networking sites. Student Signature __________________________________________________________ Date ___________________________ I, _____________________________ as the legal guardian of the above student, understand that networking sites will be used during the school day to meet educational objectives and that the student has agreed to the responsible use contract as outlined above.
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