Despite the bad rap that online social sites like MySpace and Facebook receive, teachers are still using them to discuss homework and answer questions. Randy Turner, a teacher interview for an article, says that simply having a MySpace account has opened doors of communication with students simply because he’s seen as accessible and modern.
Still, these social sites have a horrible reputation even though many people’s perceptions about the sites (and the people who use them) may be incorrect. According to the article:
- MySpace has 72.8 million users.
- Facebook has 37.4 million users.
- Half of Myspace’s users are 35 and older.
- 40% of Facebook’s members are 35 and older.
I have an account with each social site, but the Facebook site seems to be the favorite of my students. I receive very few notes and questions on MySpace, whereas I generally get messages on Facebook 3-4 days each week.
One of my colleagues asked me how I protect myself. I do a few things:
- I keep every message sent to me.
- Every message I send stays in the sent folder.
- I try to post all of my messages in the public domains on each site.
- I keep my responses on topic, school topics.
Do you have an account like this for students to contact you?