Students and Teachers as Facebook Friends?

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Students and Teachers as Facebook Friends?
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Mon, 12-19-2011 - 4:10pm

What do you think about teachers using social media to stay in touch with their students?

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Wed, 12-21-2011 - 9:33pm
I do not friend current students, even graduate students. I am pretty invested in my students but they do not need to see pictures of my cats or read Shizz My Husband Says or any of that. Some of the teachers at the kids' school have friended some of the students, but it's not a good idea.
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Registered: 05-31-2011
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 10:41am

My (college) German instructor requires that we set up a separate Twitter account and then follow her. It's an online class and it's a great way to practice language and interact. It's a great way just to share something that isn't really significant enough to share on the classroom's message board system. It was really fun to post about the first snow - in German, or to send photos while at local Oktoberfest. I could totally see how it could be useful for lots of things.

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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 10:28am
Totally agree about inappropriately approached. What about if the teacher has a legitimate reason for wanting to use Facebook as a teaching tool?

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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 1:06am
Bad, bad, bad idea *except* in terms of a group-with parental permission and parental access should they choose, for the purposes of outside class discussions--I'm thinking of something like a humanities or English class in which the class "watches" a play or movie together and discusses it as it occurs. So in the context of a classroom discussion, only for the duration of the class, and limited exposure to the teacher, since the students need not friend her to join the group and parents must agree to membership and be permitted to read along. Otherwise teachers should never friend students until the students are well out of the school system--several years, in my opinion. And if the students have younger siblings in the school system, even longer.

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Mon, 12-19-2011 - 6:03pm

Social media only exposes adult bad behavior. It does not create it.