One of our colleagues, who had not intended to ever go on Facebook broke down and opened a page. The discussion which followed after the first few days was around the distractions of using FB – between the ads and pictures that appear in the right-hand column – it became too much. How will our kids, who have trouble concentrating in the first place, be able to handle this? My reply is that you eventually concentrate on what the message is and not the fringe chatter. If we limit the friends in a specific group, while helping our students communicate to each other, there will be less noise for them to deal with.
With every step we take we learn a little more about the hurdles that will have to be conquered in our journey to have our educational community comfortable using social media.