Ohio Teachers And Online Social Networking: Part 2

In Part 1, The CEA Blog highlighted the worldwide discussion regarding the memo the Ohio Education Association (OEA) distributed to Ohio teachers, warning them to stay away from online social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook. Your Association followed OEA’s lead, with an article in this issue (pdf) of The CEA Voice.

The online discussion regarding the appropriateness of teachers using social networking sites has continued since the publishing of “Part 1”. Click on the jump below to read the highlights of the most recent blogosphere discussions.

Edutopia has devoted an online poll to finding out what folks think about teachers’ use of social networking sites.

Traci at the NCTE Inbox says:

“Forbidding teachers to use social networking and blogs distances them from the 21st-century literacy tools that students use and suggests that teachers cannot use mature judgment when they communicate with others.”

Miguel over at UCEA Castle says:

The truth is, some schools systems and administrators would rather ban all contact except that contact which occurs in the hallowed halls of academia. Instead of increased interaction that results in teaching and learning opportunities in an increasingly online world, there is a push to demonize what happens online as a distraction, and detriment to your livelihood.

Vicki at Cool Cat Teacher didn’t agree with the OEA memo.

Michael at the Travelin’ Librarian used an analogy to describe the situation, saying:

Hey, a few people have hit people with cars, let’s ban everyone from cars. Better yet, let’s ban roads! That’s a great way to teach kids how to drive safely.

Greg at Constructing Meaning cites statistics that shows social networking sites can be used for teachers to participate in online professional development communities.

Mike at EdTechUpdate shares his thoughts.