On June 5th, a large group of educators, community workers and police liaisons came together to discuss the issues around social media within both professionally and educationally. Faciliated through the communications department of school district #43 with Heather Escaravage, table groups discussed different professional uses of social media, particularly with an educational context.
We started by developing bumper stickers:
“Take Care What U Share” “Facebook: poking at the speed of Like” “Follow me….on Twitter”
See Ray Appel’s Paper 53 picture of the bumper stickers:
We then discussed the professional uses of social media with a recurring theme: different sites for different reasons. For me, twitter is the main social media site I use for professional collaboration and developing my PLN, while Facebook is primarily for connecting with family and close friends.
The main thought that I left with at the end of the session was how rapidly different sites are being developed and used within the educational system. VINE, snapchat, twitter, and facebook are all used by students in various ways. Many of which are used to circumvent parental and adult control or knowledge of conversations. As soon as the ‘adults in the room’ become aware of the sites, students have usually already moved on.
This leads me to strongly believe that we need to teach digital citizenship (or social media citizenship or whatever version of respect online is being used). Regardless of the platform, students need to remember that they are creating their digital tatoo. Students should be proud of their footprint in the digital world: it’s an opportunity for sharing, collaborating, crowd-sourcing and the direction is completely unknown. This, I believe, scares those that need to control, but with the cloud-techonologies and touch screens, we are moving into a time where past practices are becoming irrelevant, and those that aren’t talking about this will be left behind in whatever direction it goes.