Dakota and Ben Discussion One

Dakota and Ben

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7 thoughts on “Dakota and Ben Discussion One

  1. I like how you both gave pro and cons of using social media in the classroom and I also agree with you both. Dakota mentioned bullying and what not and I think that is everyones biggest concern with using social media, you want to stop bullying as much as you can but honestly there is only so much we could do. Do you not give the other students opportunities to develop and integrate social media because of a few bad ones in the bunch? No, you set your expectations and standards high because students only do what is expected of them. Ben said something that I believe to be so true in everyday life. He said that treating the students in a professional manner allows them to respond in a professional manner. If as teachers we limit our students because we feel like they’re too young or they won’t behave accordingly then we kind of set them up to fail. Everything in life isn’t comfortable and there are times when the internet and asking/sharing via social media is the only most efficient way. Granted, there is such a thing as being age appropriate but for the most part students can do anything involving technology and the internet.
    My only question is how would you hold every student accountable for their actions? For example, the student that continues to bully, do you take the social media privilege away? If so how? And also, would there be some sort of reward system for those who exceed your expectations and do what is required? More often than not i’ve seen teachers focus so much on the students that are doing wrong, they forget about those who are working hard to do right.

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    1. “No, you set your expectations and standards high because students only do what is expected of them” excellent comment! We’ve all been victim of getting thing taken away because of a few bad apples. We’re looking at the very same thing right now, with legislature – they want to have a law banning cell phones in schools… maybe we should teach cell phone etiquette and set expectations … embrace the technology, not bury it.

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  2. I very much agree with you guys that children these days have such a advantage in the use of social media than we do. I like how you guys talked about using it to be more like just another tool of teaching instead of a new way of teaching all together. I also liked how you guys talked about how in real life encounters are still important though in the classroom as well.

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  3. I agree to every extent that teachers and parents need to be monitoring students’ activity on social media because as you stated cyber bullying is a big problem. However, let me throw this out there reflecting upon my own usage of social media I tend to scroll farther than I should have and spend way too much time going through hundreds of posts from whom I follow. Because I noticed this practice of mine I avoided my social media in order to get more work done throughout the day and I tend to have much more productive days when I’m not on Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat. I want to know how you would keep your students on task if you use social media, and how you would punish social media abusers in your classroom.

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    1. The way I would use Facebook would be solely for the benefit of the students, sure, it would have its perks for future jobs or what not, but the main purpose would be to give the students another option when doing homework. For instance, say you assign homework one night, a student gets stuck on a problem, being in the Facebook group created (I talked about it in me and Brian’s video if you don’t understand what I mean) allows that student to reach out (assuming notifications will go to everyones phone when something is posted in the group) and see if anyone else knows how or if there were any YouTube videos posted that could help explain it in a way they understood. That way, once they got to class the next day “I didn’t know how to do that one” wouldn’t really be a great excuse because it would literally take seconds for the teacher to see if they asked the group. If they did not 9/10 they were just being lazy, if they did and no one responded or the youtube video didn’t help then maybe they aren’t the only ones who didn’t understand. So to answer your question, the students wouldn’t really need to access Facebook during class so that wouldn’t be the problem. However, once they got home and got on Facebook and chose to browse their newsfeed instead of do homework and ask questions in the group would be them not taking advantage of its purpose and there is nothing we could do about that. I think that making the social media feel like a helping platform and not an obligation who make it more enjoyable. Lastly, consequences for those who abuse the social media who simply be to remove them from the group for an appropriate amount of time. It sounds harsh but once students realize the social media outlet is a privilege and not something that they have to be in or are in because the teacher has no choice, they’ll realize and appreciate the benefit of it. Imagine being removed from the group for a week and you get stuck on a problem, the few friends number that you have aren’t responding and you can’t find any videos on your own that actually helps you. You’ll begin to appreciate the group much more. But in class there would be no need for phones to be in hands unless instructed to search for something. But IF using phones during teachings became a problem I would simple say “Joe, let us know when you find that video that explains this a lot better than what I’m doing”, and actually hold them to it. That way whatever they were doing they stop because they now have to actually find a video on the topic at hand. Sending them out or writing them up a detention slip isn’t teaching them how to find x or whatever the case may be. (I reference Facebook a lot because thats the one I’m most into and would use).

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