I can remember being in elementary school and waiting every summer for our class schedules to come in the mail. On this one sheet of paper was our homeroom, location and all of our classmates names. Venturing to middle school they had put everything online. Which in a sense was kind of scary because there were no passwords needed to log on. Look even further ahead to high school, where neither of these were an option. You simply saw who were in your classes when you got there.
I look at my nephews who are in 6th and 7th grade and because of safety issues this stuff has completely changed. They are now being allowed to have a Facebook account through their school. This way everything is monitored somehow through the school board and the school has access to all accounts. How can this be anymore safe?
They have also begun using blogging sites, administrative sites and even Facebook pages with groups for the students to join. My sister told me that some classrooms even have Facebook groups where they will post the daily assignments just in case the student had forgotten their planner or missed school that day.
For all of my teachers out there, is this a common practice for bigger schools? I went to a fairly small school so this seems absolutely ridiculous to me. I get trying to incorporate social media into the classroom to teach social media safety but is it smart to have third and fourth graders rely heavily social media? I’m obviously not a teacher but are there better ways to get students comfortable with usage?