Several of our members have recently Tweeted several articles about myths regarding educators using social media.
I highly recommend, this article from Learning Today. Listed under Tips, Tools and Technology for Educators the information originally came from a recent #edchat (not sure what #edchat is? Ask Aurora email@example.com). The article lists the top five myths that get in the way of incorporating social media in education.
The five myths are:
Technology takes too much time!
Not true! When used correctly, social media saves time.
Social media in schools is dangerous!
Blocking social media is worse. Blocking the websites keeps kids from learning how to appropriately use the Internet. “[Blocking content] leaves kids ill equipped to learn how to protect their digital footprint and safely navigate the social web.”
Social media is for entertainment only!
Social media can enhance learning and be entertaining.
Social media increases off-task behavior!
Social media can increase collaboration, effort, creativity and productivity. Your students are already using these tools. Don’t you want them to be learning to use them to increase their knowledge?
You don’t need to learn about social media in schools!
Information is abundant and more accessible than ever. The technology can increase literacy and language skills.
Still don’t believe me? Go to the article and click on the links under each myth for more information.