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Teachers: How are Facebook and other social media affecting your school or classroom?

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Students at East Los Angeles College, like other students across the country, embrace their social media and rely on it for personal news from friends and family. However, I have found that students may be adept at social media, but these skills do not necessarily translate to managing an online course or conducting a discussion on political and academic issues. Like all other tools at our disposal, social media have a place in our lives, but do not necessarily help students be better learners, or instructors be better teachers--the students and instructors do that themselves through intrinsic motivation.

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MariaElena Yepes
Local 1521
Monterey Park, CA

Facebook and other social media have not affected my school or classroom, that I am aware of, because I am a kindergarten teacher in a K-5 building.

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Regina Bates-Hardy
Lake county Federation local 504
WAUKEGAN, IL

Facebook is only an escape for lazy individuals who think it's a great idea. Educational values are defined by what one learns and retains in the mind, not from other sources.

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Rene Salinas
south texas
San Juan, TX

In elementary, it has not had the impact with students that it seems to have in upper grades. However, we had an issue at our school where a disgruntled parent with an obvious ax to grind got on Facebook and slammed a teacher. It spread rapidly and had an adverse effect on the entire school. On the positive side, as a tool for the teacher, it has a potential to facilitate communication.

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Debra Scovill
AFT Utah Carbon
Price,, UT

Facebook is important !!!

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John Volk
Union City, NJ

I am the computer teacher. Students were skipping their classes or were tardy and sneaking into my room to check Facebook accounts. I had to ban certain students from my classroom. During class, I had to keep a constant watch that students were actually doing a lesson rather than on Facebook. Finally, the school district had the ISD--the school's Internet provider--block Facebook and YouTube from the district's server. The students would provoke fights in the hall, cell phone video the fights, and place the fights on YouTube for student viewing at night. Now the students have found a link to crack the code and get on Facebook anyway.

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Marsha Stewart
Ecorse Federation of Teachers
Southfield, MI

I use it as a reward. If this task is done or if you have all your work done, you get 5 minutes for social media. This works well. I also post messages on my page for them to read.

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Nance Sucharski
VTO
New Smyrna Beach, FL

It makes it exceedingly difficult and risky to conduct controversial discussions. It impairs academic freedom. It is a continuing stress and distraction, since phones not only carry disruptive messages but can be used to photograph, record and create utterly false defamatory material. This can then be used to destroy the reputations and careers of staff and students. Obviously, there are many beneficial and entertaining uses ... ELSEWHERE.

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MaryMelissa Grafflin
UESF
San Francisco, CA

No one is allowed to access Facebook or any social site at school. Teachers are forbidden from friending any minor or communicating electronically except in extreme school-related instances, such as a coach texting players about practice. Welcome to the 19th century.

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Tim Murphy
Highlands cea
Sebring, FL

Our system just transformed the district by doing away with middle school in one fell swoop. This caused concern, consternation and general dismay. None of the repercussions were considered. Our old faculty keeps in touch through a group on Facebook. It helps to have a sounding board.

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Sheila Falkenberg
Toledo
Toledo, OH

I teach technology classes in a computer lab. From the minute students log on, they're on Facebook, which the district stopped blocking last year. I wouldn't mind if they'd do their work first, but they are too busy sending superficial content, bad cell phone pictures, and grammatically incorrect messages to each other to focus on their assignments.

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Donald Gentz
TX AFT
Richardson, TX

Facebook and other social media have not affected my 3rd grade classroom. However, I have seen some pretty intense bullying and harassment situations at the middle and high school level. I believe social media are being used by pre-teens and teens to intimidate and harass others at a level that cannot be monitored or addressed by the authorities.

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Tanya Darnell
Montrose, CO

There is no going back. We are well-advised to use the technology to teach, and conquer our own lack of confidence if need be. The kids know all about how to use the tools. Help them appreciate the benefits of applying their expertise to accomplish learning what is needed to provide them a more secure future.

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Sharon Waagner
Long Lake NY
Torrington, CT

So far it hasn't gotten into my kindergarten classroom, I am happy to say. But I'm waiting and watching. I would be okay communicating with other classes around the world through an online tool.

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Shari Gewanter
LCTA
Tallahassee, FL

The social media is something we need to embrace, not fight, to learn and and run from it. The students love using the technology and they support each other in their learning. I teach language arts in sixth grade and I have students posting their great beginnings of their writing to each other, finding support and quotes from each other to make their writing stronger, and I am able to save a ton on copy costs by posting PDFs on the site that they use most and they can look it up at any time. When people tell me that my students need to learn to read and write with paper an pencil, I'm usually reading that on an e-mail. It is the future.

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Neal Clark
Highlands Ranch, CO

This is a way to communicate with your students using Facebook. I started this page about three years ago. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Mrs-Schimkos-Algebra-Corner/399186224993

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Lauren Schimko
North Rockland Teachers Association
Tomkins Cove, NY

Extremely, students beg, borrow and steal to check their facebook accounts...in and out of class....there is no turning back we have to embrace these platforms to reach our students...I am sure teachers are finding ways to harness the power of the social media..we must guide the students instead of block their intelligence and creativity. This new platform is media friendly and globally connected...Teachers have to teach with the new tools.

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Stuart Dailey
Baltimore Teachers Union
Baltimore, MD

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