The MySpace Effect
MySpace is public enemy number one in many school districts. But that doesn’t mean social networking tools should be banned outright.
Inside many schools across the country, MySpace.com is a dirty word. But does that have to be the case for all social networking Web sites?Many administrators have chosen to block access to MySpace, the Internet’s most popular social networking site, judging its content to be inappropriate for schools.
Now, as more social networking tools like blogs and wikis are developed for classroom use, technology directors face a difficult dilemma: how to balance the educational benefits of these new tools with concerns about student privacy and safety.
“We do believe that in the right environment these social networking tools do have instructional value,” says Ted Davis, director of enterprise information services for Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools, the country’s 14th largest public school district just outside of Washington, D.C.
Author: Christopher Heun, School CIO
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