In today’s society, social networking is everywhere and is used by individual users and businesses. There are approximately 300 million people using Twitter to post text-based messages that are up to 140 characters. Another 800 million people and businesses are using Facebook to connect with friends, family, and customers through a mixture of text-based messages, photos, and videos. So what does social networking look like? Take a moment to find out as you watch the following video.
Although there are many positive uses for Facebook and Twitter, there are still privacy issues related to both. Facebook allows users who are at least thirteen years old, but most teachers are not receptive to accepting friend requests from their students or even parents of students. Do we as educators need to worry about blurring the lines between our personal and professional lives? For many, the answer is yes.
Making Friends in the Thinkfinity Community
So, is there such a thing as social networking for educators? Thankfully the answer is also YES! The Thinkfinity Community was launched in 2010, and it changed the game plan for how educators could connect with others. In this online space (with no advertisements and real humans monitoring the discussions for appropriateness) educators can safely connect with colleagues, content experts, parents, and students (thirteen years of age and older). Please take a moment to read the Community Conduct Guidelines for more information on how users are being encouraged to interact in this professional learning community.
Joining a Group
Be sure to follow the Community Tips and Tricks that we offer.
The Thinkfinity Community allows users to bookmark their favorite resources, ask questions, see what’s trending in education, share materials, and more! You will want to learn how to get the most out of your Community account.
After viewing these videos, please join our discussion for Lesson 2 and share your thoughts on how the Thinkfinity Community can help educators.