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Piggybacking on an earlier comment and my comment on the Stair, I think the concept is very good. Some added information regarding the credibility of blogs and the information that is posted should be added. A comparison activity involving factual information and the findings on the blogs would be great concrete evidence for students to see the difference between fact and opinion. This would also help them to develop opinions on their own.
I really liked that you chose social networking. I disagree with a previous comment regarding the "illegal" use of Facebook in school. We just need to teach students about the correct time and place to use certain programs and present certain content. The only way to teach them responsiblity is through lessons like this which allow them to make the decision to be responsible. Filters don't leave them a choice.
2 years ago
The concept of this lesson is good in theroy, but I fear that the way the lesson plan is implemented does not address the goal of the lesson. The problem is that students are using Facebook, and other social networking sites illegally during class time. So the idea of showing student how these sites can be used in an educational setting is great. It seems as though the lesson shows how the sites can be used to research a topic, but not really on how it should not be used during school. I understand that it is addressed in discussion, but in order to prevent the use, you must address it more in depth. Another concern is if students are not affiliated with Facebook or social networking tools, will this lesson introduce them in a positive way to social networking? Or just introducing a bad behavior? Also students with different learning styles or learning disabilities may have a difficult time with this lesson. Assistive technologies are necessary for a least restrictive environment class. Having the system administrator or network administrator block such social networking sites may be a better option for addressing this problem. I know after this lesson, my students would claim they were using the sites for educational purposes if they are ever caught on it. I feel that it is just giving them and excuse.
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2 years ago
I like that the students can experience other people's blogs to find out what other opinions are. It would be a valuable experience to compare blogs with facts and "textbook" knowledge. The integration of using a posting site such as Ning would be an enjoyable activity for most students and could increase participation for students who don't like to give presentations or normally don't speak up in class. I noticed that Twitter was listed as a technology to be used but did not see it in the assignment, I'm guessing that the teacher would have a more detailed explaination and guidelines for the class.