This article was interesting in that it shed light on the uses teachers have for social software in the classrooms. One of the things that stood out to me was the point in which you can incorporate this through the simple use of e-mail or you can take it to other steps such as Facebook, etc. I think it's important that every teacher embrace the fact that students today learn much better through the integration of technology. Whether it's doing research on their iphone for a project or simply sending an e-mail to the teacher at night to see what the homework is or what's coming up next in class.
Another thing that I thought was important about this article was the need to teach about the technology that will be used. The example used in the article was that if the teacher was going to use Facebook in the class, the students should be taught the ins and outs, rights and wrongs about using Facebook. Not only would that most likely improve performance in class, but it can also help them stay out of trouble when they are using these social media sites outside of school.
I guess it is time to set up a Gunston Elementary page on Flickr. I don't know how my administrators would like me asking to have my Kindergarteners setting up Facebook accounts. What do you think?
Peace, Love and Go Bonas,