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How might teachers implement sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube to engage students in their education?

Using today's social networking sites may be an excellent way to engage student in their education because students are already engaged in these sites. I could imagine a teacher taking video notes and then posting it to Youtube for the class.

The teacher may also make use of having a Twitter account. Instead of being forced to have all of the student's cell phone numbers, the students could just follow a teacher's classroom specific Twitter account. Using Twitter, the teacher could also post links to his/her Youtube videos.

This kind of thing could keep students thinking about school more.
What ways do you think teacher should implement social networking sites?

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    Mar 22 2012: In my personal view, it will be a strict NO NO, because it needs all the students genuinely interested in studies and any diversion online may ruin their interests. It is the duty of teacher to keep students engaged and completely involved as long as they are in the class. Those who are seriously into the topic are going to follow it anyways.
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      Mar 22 2012: It seems to me that, with advancing technology, it has been getting harder to engage students in class. The classroom hasn't made very many mind blowing changes while the world outside has. I would think it would make sense to inject school into the technologies that students are using because it will insert school into their distractions.

      What methods do you think teachers should use to keep students engaged in class instead of using technology?
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        Mar 22 2012: I think teacher's should deploy timeless strategies such as imaginative and innovative ideas to deliver learning. This may, or may not mean using technology. A sense of fun and creativity is crucial (regardless of subject). Ultimately, if a teacher teaches from the heart about what they love, the students WILL be engaged. I truly believe this is the root of everything that happens in the classroom. It's the job of school leaders to make sure we recruit and retain the best, most caring and enthusiastic teachers for our students.
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          Mar 22 2012: After a moment of reflection back on my own personal experience of being a student... I couldn't agree more. Thank you.
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          Mar 23 2012: I agree, Stuart. I think, providing it is accessible, the medium is somewhat arbitrary. What matters is the ability of the teacher to engage the students.
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          Mar 24 2012: I agree with you Stuart Woods ,the centrality of the teacher is undoubtedly the most important link between students and learning. No matter what the level of tecnical, trendy or new tools we may have they will be ineffective without a teacher who can capture the attention as well as hold the class together.
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          Mar 27 2012: Absolutely true. I think each of us can recall a certain teacher who stands out from the rest, either by a whacky personality, or more effectively, because of their passion for the subject of the teaching.

          Yet, I will insist that we must also put the emphasis on teacheing ourselves and our children to be good students. No matter what great teachers we have, society along the way has decided that the entire emphasis should be placed on the teacher finding tools to engage the student, and that the student has zero responsibility to be actively engaged in the course material.
        • Mar 28 2012: I agree with you Stuart, I have only had a select few teachers who were truly passionate about there work, and they have made me want to participate more in class through their learning approaches. My grades have also improved with these select few teachers.
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        Mar 23 2012: The idea is wonderful, if we can really be sure that we can inject school into the technologies, but question is again the same, will it interest them? Stuart presented a beautiful description about teachers involvement from heart, which is missing at times, and only reason for students reluctance.

        I will suggest you to introduce healthy competition among students to become more inquisitive about the subject.For example weekly quizzes; and try to maximize participation by rewarding even the weakest student during the process. Bringing healthy competition in and habit of appreciating even for little participation will encourage them to do more. In case it is already in practice, seek methods to improve this process.
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        Mar 24 2012: well, obviously that's again close to perfect idea, but again the feasibility of its implementation holds the key. It depends upon the number of students you are handling in the class, and is it possible for you to understand each one of them personally, if yes, then this is really a great thought!
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      Mar 23 2012: Dear Vivek I do not agree with all due respect .IMO if we can use tools which will capture their attention and sync with what is trending around them without diluting content and quality of curriculum I would think it would make the laggards sit up and spike flagging interest.
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        Mar 23 2012: I completely understand your point, my only concern is, if they are not duly interested in the class, they may resort to other ways not to follow the curriculum. How will their online interest can be tracked? I mean how can we make sure, if they are seriously following the curriculum content? This is my only concern, if everything goes as planned, this is obviously one of the best way to keep them connected, but it has certain drawbacks, which needs to be addressed duly.
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          Mar 23 2012: Do you think we could get students interested in class by appealing closely to their personal interests to get them to actually want to follow the curriculum?
        • Mar 24 2012: You are debating about engaging students into curriculum but why don't we make them more, let's say, active. Facebook and Tweeter can also be used as assignments to complete. Why don't we make them put themselves into some fictional person shoes. They can write short essays, reviews and other staff which they must learn, just like writing in school. Blogs, Tweeter and Facebook accounts may be very engaging. In fact I believe such projects can make them want to develop them even after the assignments are completed. Such pupils will simultaneously take care after their personal account and project account. I think that they'll be very eager to get good grades by making such projects because it's simply natural for them to spend a lot of time using social media. They feel comfortable and safe so they may as well feel enthusiastic but that depends on individual student.

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