Interesting report from KY3 News in Springfield, Missouri on the challenges and opportunities of working with social networking in schools. Emphasis appears to be on the communications capacity of these networks, and the assuption that because they’re common place in students lives now that schools need to be exploring how they can appropriate them within the role they have.
Some interesting quotes from a couple of the people interviewed..
“I’m preaching the gospel of using social media as another public relations tool,” said social media expert Evelyn McCormack.
“We are on Facebook and Twitter to get that transparency,” said Josey McPhail of the Springfield district.
Also interesting to note that issues of privacy and online safety, and the development of policies around the use of social networking tools in schools is being considered, but nothing yet developed.