Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Google Plus and Schools

Last week Audrey Waters of ReadWriteWeb released an article on Google Plus and it's possible success in the education realm - Google Plus: Is This the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting For?. Worthwhile read, and it nicely captures the forces at play when it comes to social media in education:
There seem to be three forces at play when it comes to education and social media. The first is a lack of force, quite frankly - the inertia that makes many educators unwilling and uninterested in integrating the technology into their classrooms. The second is the force of fear - the pressures on the part of administrators, district officials, and politicians to curtail and ban teacher and students' interactions online. (See Rhode Island's recently passed legislation that outlaws all social media on school grounds as a case in point.) And finally, the third force is that of more and more educators who are embracing social media and advocating its use on- and off-campus - for student learning and for teacher professional development alike.