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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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  • Apr 16 2012: I'll tell you one thing they shouldn't do. They shouldn't go spending money on craptarded alternative sites built specifically for educational purposes unless said sites actually offer some functionality that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. don't already offer for free using accounts that students already have.

    Also the world should embrace OpenID so that we're not having to create dozens of accounts to get stuff done

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