- Cloe Shasha
- New York, NY
- United States
Associate Programs Producer, TED Content, TED
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How can we change the schooling system in a way that acknowledges the impact of social networks on current students' exposure to knowledge?
In this current generation of elementary school through college students, almost everyone is using Facebook and other social networking websites.
These networks do more than facilitate social connections. Young people post their causes (such as getting one another to sign the open letter to stand with Planned Parenthood and getting involved in other world-related issues).
Social networks are, I believe, an asset and not a hindrance to the learning process. Textbooks, teachers, classroom settings, student projects, homework, and research methods should all be willing adapt in order to make use of our connection to peers around the world --- people with profiles of their own photographs, cultures, causes, music and art groups, and businesses.
But how should our educational system evolve in a way that best makes use of the availability of social networks?