Friending Social Media in the Classroom

A pilot program in Minneapolis elementary schools, signals a major shift in schools’ attitudes toward social networking in schools. Harnessing the power of social networking to engage students and enhance learning, the programs encourage interaction between students rather than working alone with paper-and-pencil worksheets. “We see a definite need to reach kids in the medium of the way they’re living life right now,” said Dave Eisenmann, technology integration specialist for Minnetonka Public Schools. “They’re connected all the time to their friends. Why does it all have to stop when they come to school?”

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