Good afternoon readers – today we will be discussin the use of facebook and other social media in the classroom. Do you think that it would be effective for teachers to utilize social media as part of the learning experience for students in the K-12 grades? Personally I think K-5 really needs to stay away from the over-use of technology so that children do get that fundamental foundation in skills such as reading and writing. But what about our older kids – I don’t see many these days over the age of 12 who do not have access to or their own internet capable device whether is be a smart phone, tablet, or computer. Can a teacher utilize social media to reach out to students and make the learning experience more engaging? I don’t know about you all but there are lots of things that I was made to learn in school that I have never applied to “real life”. I’ve never been asked to write in cursive only at work or had any cause to utilize the pythagorean theorem to get me through the daily grind. By allowing children to utilize the technology available at their fingertips as an integral part of their education can have a variety of effects on students and their interactions with the world they actually live in. If students find that their teachers are available via academic networking similar to socila networking they may find that level of accessibilty to far outreach any face-to-face interaction they can have in the classroom. Connection can often be the key to success for students to learn a new skill or idea and not much interestes students more these days than the constant electronic interactions they have with their peers. Social media can teach collaboration as well.