Social Networking for Schools

Social Networking for Schools

Social Networking for Schools

Social Networking for Schools

Synopsis

"Social Networking for Schools" is the only book to take a comprehensive look at the topic of social media use in schools. Starting with the numerous justifications for integrating social media into schools, it provides real-world examples of how to seamlessly integrate social media within your classroom or library, examines the methodologies for crafting the necessary policies and procedures to ensure that staff members are prepared to use these tools effectively, and discusses the policy and legal issues surrounding the use of social media in schools.

The work uniquely identifies the three core ways that social media can be integrated within a school: as communications tools, as instructional tools, and for professional development. The collaborative effort of a former school librarian and current school administrator with a practicing school attorney, authors Steven M. Baule and Julie E. Lewis bring perspectives and critical insights to the topic not normally considered in similar literature.

Excerpt

According to some futurists, handheld devices will replace desktop and laptop computers by 2020 as the most common method of interacting on the Internet. Smart phones are now outselling other types of cellular phones. Smart phones and tablets have outpaced computer sales in the last 12 months. The world is becoming increasingly digital and mobile. For instance, the print newspaper, which has historically been a hallmark of democratic societies serving information to the masses, is dying. Readership is down by seven million people in the last 25 years, and small papers are closing daily. Are those former newspaper readers simply going without? No, they are moving to digital formats. Websites, wikis, and blogs are replacing traditional news services. Information is more fractured and multifaceted, and the 30-second web video is replacing the three- to five-page news magazine article. With over a billion web pages to go to, how does one even find the best sources of information? Well, one checks out what their friends are reading by checking Facebook. Then check Delicious to see what is popular, or just try StumbleUpon.

The Chicago Tribune joined the social networking movement when it created Triblocal.com, sites where individuals are able to post news articles about the happenings in their specific neighborhood or suburb. The best of these are then published weekly. It has generated additional readership and revenue in an otherwise gloomy publishing market.

Barack Obama raised $55 million in one month during the 2008 presidential election campaign through social networking and without a single traditional fund-raiser the same month. Social networking properly used is able to reach a tremendous amount of people in an extremely short period . . .

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