Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and… School?
By Allison Heikkinen
Facebook, Myspace, Twitter! Social networking sites are popping up all over the world. Should they make an appearance in schools too? Social networking sites like Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, and even Youtube, let people communicate, post videos, and write comments to other people in new ways. It is an online world. Each site is a community. That is our destination. Where the kids live. I believe that social networking sites and school can work together if we are willing to try. Willing to put some effort into it. I think these sites should be allowed in school. Remember Megan Meier? Age 13. Committed suicide? Well with these in school, teachers could have stopped it. Helped it. So spread the worlds everywhere. Online and reality and bring them together. Even in schools.
I believe from what I have seen that kids can express themselves and show their interests and favorite things, better online. It is fascinating that it is considered an easier or more excepting world out there. They take the time to personalize backgrounds fill out information, and add pictures. Teachers that could access the sites could see some common interests in the group. They could incorporate that into the school and could get some kids that are very distant more involved in their schoolwork. There are so many things to access there, game high scores, posts, comments and so much more. All of that can give you information. to incorporate Those are some things that can show the true personality of students. I think it is a quicker, easier, and more sufficient way to find out that particular information. On to my next reason why these websites should be allowed in school.
You can use these in many different subjects. They can do research on those sites. Like finding the most popular group on facebook and that most popular game on myspace, the most famous video on youtube and so on. For example, you could tell them you need to play, umm let’s say, Cubefield five times. Then you need to find the median, mode, range and all of that stuff. Hey students might not forget their homework. With the whole world watching I bet that quite a few people would make their grades soar. Many people use these sites that are in my school so I assume that other schools would to so it would help and possibly work. Our schools may be able to guide us more easily and make us understand things quicker. Incorporating these into math and science and all of our classes will make us more interested and interactive.
Another reason I think that we should have these sites in our schools is because teachers could access work whenever they wanted to and see how the work is coming along. They could also help us or make suggestions before it was to late to help our grades. Another thing is that teachers could also work out when someone is lying. Such as if someone didn’t do their work “oh I lost my internet last night”. They go online and see that they worked on it late at night for a couple of minutes, or something that was not anything with noticeable effort. You can eliminate when students would want to lie. In fact I bet lying would go down all together, because then they would realize that they would not get away. Wow a life lesson learned! So that is more than one good reason to add these sites. In fact this is just a small snippet of reasons why we should have them.
There are so many things that could help students, teachers, and schools in general. I think that the state should rethink the bill. And let the schools use social networking sites for the good. It would be a very memorable gesture indeed. The reasons that you should think about is, 1. Students express themselves better. 2. Teachers could incorporate info from sites. 3.Teachers could access the students work. If this didn’t convince you I have plenty more reasons. Maybe you can even think of some yourself. So get out there and make someone hear you. This is my way. Come on schools, state, everyone! Give social networking sites another chance. Let them come to school and learn how to keep us safe. How to be good.