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Social Networking

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Dr. Keesee added a Discussion page for Social Networking so we can continue working to complete this project. She says that the process is more important at this point. She wants us to learn how to work together to create this page. She wants us to learn how to correctly cite our sources. She wants us to develop a resource page that educators would want to access to find information on Social Networking--related to education. (Delete this note when you are ready to submit your final product for a grade)



Social networking is a grouping of individuals into specific groups. Social networking can take place in person because of places like work, universities, and high schools, but it is most popular online.  Online social networking uses websites that help people communicate via messaging, chatting, and sometimes voice capability or video chatting. Social networking is like a community of internet users. Most of these users share a common interest in hobbies, religion, or politics. Social networking sites allow you access to other member profiles and allows you to contact them (Wikipedia).


How Social Networking works:

  1. You join a social networking site (i.e: Facebook)
  2. You invite people to join your page and others invite you to view their page
  3. The process of adding and joining new people continues

 ("Social Networking")





Social Networking Sites: 























To use Facebook in an educational setting, the teacher would have to keep an eye on usage the entire time, to make sure it was not being used inappropriately. Teachers could post homework assignments on their students’ walls, post educational videos, websites they wanted their students to check out – they could use it to stimulate conversation or debate between students out of school hours, or to invite expert (who also had facebook accounts) to share their thoughts or ideas. (Kay28.wordpress)


Meetup was founded with the mission of revitalizing local community and helping people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference. Meetup can be used as an educational tool find others in their area who share their interests. Learn, teach, and share information to rise up, stand up, unite, and make a difference.(meetup 2011)


Linkedin is primarily used for businesses, but it has uses in the learning environment as well.  "Answers" is one applications of Linkedin that students can use.  Linkedin advertises "Answers" as a place where you can ask questions and get fast and accurate feedback from other experts and customers in your network. Also, a student could take a survey from his or her colleagues on Linkedin.  A student might need to take a poll or survey for research.  Linkedin Answers is a fast and efficient way to poll a large amount of very qualified people about certain issues.Linkedin also allows for group projects to be coordinated from home.  If all students in a project group are Linkedin users, then announcements, file sharing, discussions, and ideas can be transferred online securely.  As the content and complexity of Linkedin is set for the corporate world, the uses of Linkedin in education are more directed towards upper-level education.  Elementary school students on the whole are not as Web 2.0 knowledgeable as high school and college students;  therefore, Linkedin's applications are more useful for students ranging from middle school and above. 

Teachers can also use Linkedin in a variety of ways. They can use it to find ideas for lesson plans.  They can use it to ask highly-qualified teachers and professors about useful techniques in teaching.  Linkedin makes it easy for that teacher to get expert advice from a renowned source. Teachers can also cooperate with other teachers at their schools through Linkedin to spread department announcements or exam policies and ideas. (Craig Reckelhoff, Peter Knickbocker, Ross Fields , Zachary Haselhorst, Whitney De Wees, Erin McKeon, Tricia Ritter, Jenna Witte, Cassidy Bowling, Megan Mc Aninch, Jeffrey Moody)


Like most othe social networking sites Ning was not made for educational purposes, however, many teachers and students have benefited greatly from this site. Teachers are able to create their own social network within the Ning site allowing them to have complete control of who is allowed to partipate and join. Because the teacher is the creator of the particular social networking site they are also able to control what the users are doing as far as messaging and chatting. There are many great examples of schools and classrooms already successfully implementing these sites in the classroom. This type of site has been shown to be excellent for facilitating group projects using those tools (Klopfer et. al 10).



Think.com is an educational social networking sit . Hosted by the Oracle Education Foundation,this free service is designed to be a password-protected, teacher-monitored, safe web-space that is free from advertising. The site is filled with project ideas and tools to help users create those projects, in an online space where students and teachers can collaborate together. This high-quality site maintains its quality standards by requiring an application by the school in order to receive an account, and careful monitoring of student activity appropriateness (Klopfer et. al 11).



This hybrid social networking – social bookmarking site does an excellent job of incorporating many of the components of traditional social bookmarking sites, such as a developed user profile, grouping based on background/ interests, and so on. But what makes Diigo special is it’s the embedded tools that let you treat the Internet like your own personal notebook that can be accessed by anyone you choose to have access to it. With a simple download, users can highlight parts of webpages, attach sticky notes to a webpage, and then share these annotations with others (Klopfer et. al 11).



Don’t think that social collaboration sites are limited to the older kids. Sites like WEBKINZ and CLUB PENGUIN are gaining momentum in the pre-teen age group. Although student interest in these sites has made many educators stop and take notice, they have left many skeptical and unclear of how to proceed with them as an instructional tool. Seeing the potential in these technologies, the folks at Sesame Workshop – the same leaders in the field of primary education who produce Sesame Street – have created PANWAPA—an interactive site where users explore the world and its various cultures through creatures and characters that Sesame Workshop is known for. Complete with a Teacher’s Guide, printable activities, and online communities, PANWAPA leverages the abilities of social networking while being designed from the start as a robust educational tool (Klopfer et. al 11).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwM4ieFOotA The Networked student

Need to provide information about each of these sites. How are they/can be used for educational purposes? Simply putting in a list doesn't help your reader much. What kind of information would you want as a teacher? Are all these used in the classroom?


Benefits for Students:

- Increased proficiency in technology

- Increased exposure to diverse views

- Development of communication skills

- Increased ability to work on group projects

- Many students already use these forms of technology, so they might be more engaged if learning if they are utilized

- Students can develop a positive image of themselves by putting best qualities out there


Benefits for Teachers and Schools:

- Cheap and effective way to relay information to parents and get word out about school and events

- Can reach parents who are unable to come to school

- Can form partnerships with schools in other states or countries

- Collaborate with other teachers

- Exchange lesson plans and information

- Increased access to resources



Benefits for students: 

Keeping In Touch

Social networking helps students connect and keep in touch with one another. Students are able to communicate with each other about school work, group activities; and for older students, college possibilities.  need in-text citation--also make sure the full bibliographic information is included in the reference section below


Development of communication skills

Social Networking provides a communication tool that allow students to communicate almost instantly, whether it is local or globally. Most researchers agree that several of the social networking services are text based, which encourages literacy skills, including interpretation, evaluation and contextualisation ("Young People").  


Increased skill in technology

Students are developing more interest towards using technology such as: editing and customizing content, design and layout ("Educational Benefits") . Several students use technology in different forms everyday already so they would be excited to utilize it in a learning setting.     


 Increased exposure to varied views

Students are more open to new ideas and the opinions of others while using social networking. Coming into contact with varied viewpoints is vital and beneficial, it allows students to have their voice heard as well as hear their peers viewpoint and form their own opinion about certain issues.   need in-text citation 



According to many researchers including Ruth Reynard,  Creativity in learning develops ownership and new applications of learning for the learner.  So when students manipulate software environments for uses other than their main intention, students are demonstrating a level of creativity that could be integrated into the learning environment and work for their benefit. need in-text citation 


ScienceDaily(June 21,2008) According to....author , students stated  what they learned from using socail network sites, the students listed technology skills as the top lesson, followed by cretivity, being open to new or diverse views and communicate skills. The study found that 94% used the internet, 82% go online at home and 77% had a profile on social networking site.  in-text citation incorrect


Benefits for Teachers??? 

If you have a category for students, it is logical to assume you would also have one for teachers. It could be that several of the sites mentioned above would be used by teachers to help make professional connections--LinkedIn, for example.  How else might teachers use social networking sites? 




  • Lack of anonymity
  • Scams & Harassment
  • Time Consuming
  • Copyright Privileges
  • Too many people 
  • True identity is never known,
  • Very challenging


(need source info--bullets are fine to start, but need to EXPLAIN how these related to education and uses in the classroom)

Examples of Classroom Uses:

projects, simulations, gaming between classes in one location and another across the nation or internationally as well. need source info--explain how social networking could be used in each of these cases and/or reference projects/videos on the web. Need in-text citations


make sure you include reference information for this video

Resources for Classroom Use:


incomplete--no data provided





References need to be in alphabetical order  

Check this website for examples of in-text citations: http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/within/mla.html

I previously provided this link to Valencia College's webpage on citing electronic sources: http://www.valenciacc.edu/library/doc_mla_electronic.cfm



University of Minnesota (2008, June 21). Educational Benefits Of Social Networking Sites Uncovered. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 1, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080620133907.htm



University of Minnesota (2008, June 21). Educational Benefits Of Social Networking Sites Uncovered. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 1, 2010, from  




Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Networking." 2011. Everyday-wisdom. 1 February 2011 <http://www.everyday-wisdom.com/social-networking.html. >


Educational Benefits of Social Networking Websites." 3 February 2011 <http://www.xomba.com/educational_benefits_social_networking_websites .>


Farlex, Inc. "Computer Language Company, Inc, Definition of social networking." 2009. Computer Desktop Encyclopedia. 5 November 2010 <http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/social+networking+site.>


leelefever. "Social Networking in Plain English." 27 June 2007. YouTube. 28 January 2011 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6a_KF7TYKVc>.


Reynard, Ruth. "Social Networking: Learning Theory in Action." 21 May 2008. the journal. 3 February 2011 <http://thejournal.com/articles/2008/05/21/social-networking-learning-theory-in-action.aspx>.


"Social Networking." 2008. Whatis.com. 5 February 2001 <http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci942884,00.html.>


"Social Networking Defined." Wikipedia. 3 November 2010 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_network.>


"Social Networking in the Classroom." Youtube.  14 October 2009 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOZiwOrZsbk&feature=player_embedded#at=39>


"The Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Networking." everyday-wisdom. 3 November 2010 <http://www.everyday-wisdom.com/social-networking.html.>


"Top 15 Social Networking Sites." eBiz/MBA. 3 November 2010 <http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/social-networking-websites >.


Comments (14)

Erica Morton said

at 4:34 pm on Jan 28, 2011

Hi Donna, Cynthia, & Dana. Does any one have any ideas of what we are going to do for our page? We need to figure out what we are going to do soon.

Erica Morton said

at 4:49 pm on Jan 28, 2011

Hey guys I added a video about social networking to our page. Let me know what you think.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 5:26 pm on Jan 28, 2011

Need to make sure that you reference all your sources--including videos, images, etc.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 5:27 pm on Jan 28, 2011

I would suggest that you review the information previously provided and determine whether its focus is appropriate. Remember, your audience is educators.

Erica Morton said

at 8:43 pm on Jan 28, 2011

I intend on changing more of the information already provided, I was looking for more help from my team members first. Also is the video not helpful to educators that need to learn more about social networking? I'm going to get the information now for the refernce for the video.

Dana Blumenschein said

at 10:21 am on Jan 29, 2011

I have been struggling in this course and trying to understand everything, so please bare with me. I will check in later this afternoon after I read more about the project.

Dana Blumenschein said

at 10:32 am on Jan 29, 2011

I added another advantage for social networking!

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 11:14 am on Jan 29, 2011

You don't need to indicate the changes that you have made. You will receive update notifications via PBworks.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 9:03 am on Jan 30, 2011

if the author is unknown, you don't say so. You just leave that information out and start with the next portion of the citation.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 7:55 pm on Feb 2, 2011

The references section is for putting the information about the works cited in the information above. These site may be where the information came from, but they are not cited as sources. The Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines require that you cite the quotations, summaries, paraphrases, and other material used from sources within parentheses typically placed at the end of the sentence in which the quoted or paraphrased material appears. These in-text parenthetical citations correspond to the full bibliographic entries found in a list of references at the end of your paper--or in this case at the end of the web page. (Note that the titles of works are italicized, rather than underlined.).

donna hagood said

at 12:01 pm on Feb 3, 2011

Hello Team I just figured out how to get on here, I was completely loss.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 10:39 am on Feb 7, 2011

Resources for MLA formatting: In-text parenthetical citations correspond to the full bibliographic entries found in a list of references at the end of your paper--or in this case at the end of the web page. (Note that the titles of works are italicized, rather than underlined.). Check this website for examples of in-text citations: http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/within/mla.html I provided a link to Valencia College's webpage on citing electronic sources last week: http://www.valenciacc.edu/library/doc_mla_electronic.cfm Hope this helps. gsk

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 2:18 pm on Feb 7, 2011

This is first, a research project and second, a group project. As I have said before, if you were assigned this research project to complete on your own, what you have done? I don't see that anyone has done much research at all. I even provided some links to get you started. We can create a Discussions page if you want--as some of the other groups did. You and your group members can use that to communicate/add resources before putting items onto the final product page. See how the Blogs and Educational Games groups used their discussion pages. You will need to check your e-mail often for notifications so you can keep up with what's being done.

Since I feel that the process is most important at this point, I am willing to allow this group to continue working on adding and revising the information on this page--unless you feel this is the best you can do. I will give you one more week to complete the project. Let me know today if you accept the assignment and how you suggest that this group could accomplish its goals more effectively. I don't want to see that you are communicating via E-mail or or phone since I am out of the loop then.

You might check out the Blogs and Educational Games pages to see how they have designed their pages and the kind of information they have included. Remember, your audience is other educators. Think--what information would you want to know about your topic.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 12:41 pm on Feb 8, 2011

Donna: The information you have included on Ning, Think.com, Diigo, and Panwapa is great. However, all you did was copy and paste from the following document: http://education.mit.edu/papers/GamesSimsSocNets_EdArcade.pdf. You might go to each of these and get information from their About page. You might also do a Google search for educational uses for these four sites. Then use the information you have included with the new information you get and combine it into your own words. Then you are not plagiarizing someone else's ideas. If you want to just focus on these four sites for now, that would be fine. Someone else can add information on the other sites or your group can delete them. I would also include Facebook since there has been quite a bit of discussion of the pros and cons of using Facebook in education.

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