Social Media Vs. Education: Further Developments On Facebook

When it comes to Social Media, it is certainly expanding further and faster than many people would have once imagined. Now if you aren’t utilizing social networking in your business you could be seen to be ‘behind the times’ although we are sure that some companies don’t use it are still successful.

We continue to hear of the social media and educational world colliding over things that happen on social networks such as the student who posted a ‘hit list’ and later got expelled. There are also reports advising students to be careful what they post and finally where no contact was advised.

Today we have caught wind of an article over on allfacebook.com where Kate Evans has added her take on the teachers in Ontario that must decline students Facebook friend requests. On the Ontario College’s website they have included an eight page document called the “Professional Advisory on the use of Electronic Communication and Social Media” where they also explain the criminal and civil law implications.

They go on to detail that becoming friends on an instant messenger or on social networks such as Facebook means that the invisible line between teacher and student gets rubbed out and it is then an opportunity for informal chats to occur. These guys have gone all out as they have also added a six minute video that you can view at the bottom of the article.

What do you think, should teachers and students be able to communicate in a less formal way? Let us know in the comments section below.