Creating and Connecting

National School Boards Association, Sept 13, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'd be more inclined to believe this study if it wasn't supported by Microsoft and Verizon, but it's worth a mention. Basically, according to the study, there has been an explosion of growth in creative activities by students in online social networks. Even so, most social networks remain banned by schools, although most allow some school-sanctioned web activities. That said, the dangers actually posed by social networking are a small fraction of what we see depicted in the media - for example, "only .08% of all students say they've actually met someone in person from an online encounter without their parents' permission." That said, argue the authors, students should learn about online safety, "but students may learn these lessons better while they're actually using social networking tools." Via George Siemens, who also links to a mediocre document on media democracy.
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