Lessons Learned from Creating a Social Networking Site for More than Just Socializing

Unattributed, Spotlight on Digital Media, Learning, Sept 30, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As with other online resources (such as blogs, or virtual worlds, etc.) you can't just send students there and expect magic to happen. If you're going to use one of these sites in the context of classes or courses, then you need to created focused activities. Hence, the recommendations contained in this post and in the full report (PDF version) from Youth Media Exchange. For example: "Kids' interests need to be deliberately sustained and cultivated. Organizers sent personal emails to kids who participated more deeply. They featured exemplary youth-produced content. They sent periodic News & Updates."
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