I am often asked about social media’s role in education, Twitter in particular. These questions are often brought about by parent concerns, which often mirror the initial concerns of teachers.
When addressing parent concerns I approach it just as I do with teachers:
- concerns are normal
- I’m happy we are discussing concerns as opposed to flat out rejecting the concept
- concerns are a learning process for me as much as for those bringing them to me, as they help me reflect on my practice as well as see what I do through an external lens
I have written many things in the past about social media in schools but there are always new questions that aren’t addressed by old posts.
This post looks at the two most recent concerns I’ve received:
- There is a time stamp if you follow it. One can piece together a class schedule.
- Why are teachers stopping instruction to take photos?
Let me address each of these one at a time…