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Social Evolution

Make no mistake about it – socialization as we know it has already changed. Some say for the better and some say for the worse… so which is it? Youth are engaged more deeply in networking and sharing information than ever before through a medium that they are native to. Texting, blogging, video scrapbooking, tweeting and facebooking are all new ways to interact and though they may seem to be counterproductive – this is simply not the case.

With the rapid development of communication tools, society has yet to establish proper protocol for appropriate social practice using technology. Even though we stay connected like never before, we have neglected the rules of social engagement within the technological medium. Many of these pitfalls can be avoided by establishing and practicing rules and expectations.

Facebook and Twitter are certainly the most popular social media networks, but if not used moderately, they can become more of a hindrance than tools for communication. Twitter is an excellent tool which can be likened to a river flowing past. Trying to catch all of the water as it rushes by is futile – but dipping a cup into the river of information every once in a while, will allow you to partake in smaller, more digestible morsels of information.

Don’t assume that the answers to these questions are obvious:
1. Would you consider it rude to chat on your cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?
2. Is it appropriate to text a friend when you are at home eating dinner?
3. How much time should a family spend separated while in the same space?
4. When is it appropriate to text instead of calling?
5. Why do people text more than talk or vice versa?

Wikipedia – A Teacher’s Sworn Enemy

So I thought I’d mix it up and challenge everyone to do a little side research (20 minutes) about Wikipedia. The ever popular website slowly became the focus of some discussions surrounding surface surfing. One of the great comments made was that we are now able to find information fast – crucial when no depth is required. We will be discussing this during our meeting on Monday, but ever so briefly.

I am sure that all teachers have researched Wikipedia before, but I’m hoping that everyone might explore the following anyway:

Who runs Wikipedia?
Can anyone post to Wikipedia?
Who edits Wikipedia?
What are the editorial restrictions on Wikipedia?
What are the editorial flags on Wikipedia regarding erroneous information?

Oh… please don’t use Wikipedia to answer those questions…