Social Media in the Classroom

By: Meagan O'Halloran Email
By: Meagan O'Halloran Email

Most every school kid uses social media but many school districts are still struggling with how to use social media sites in the classroom.

Walton County school officials are planning a workshop meeting to get the ball rolling.

Social media sites are making their way into the classroom.

"We need a lot of technology to be successful with our 21st century students. We're making an impact, a very small impact but we're heading in the right direction" said Walton Middle School 7th grade Language Arts teacher Linda Jones.

While some schools are using sites like Facebook and Twitter as another learning platform, the instant accessability creates a gray area as to what constitutes acceptable interactions between teachers and students.

Walton County School Board officials want to take a proactive approach. They're addressing possible ground rules during a public workshop.

"There would not be an avenue at this time for exchange of communication where the teacher is talking to the student and the student is talking to the teacher. To me, that opens up an avenue getting into a personal side of social media rather than instructional" said Walton County School Superintendent Carlene Anderson.

The workshop will address two fronts. Board members will hopefully establish policies regulating how teachers and staff will be allowed to use social media in the classroom.

They want to enact student usage guidelines to regulate potential problems like cyber bullying.

Anderson says she was shocked to find many Florida school districts don't have social media policies in place.

She's hoping Walton County's efforts will help streamline modern technology and education.

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