There is something about social networking sites that allows for the rapid spread of information. What is the best way to tell that school is canceled? Every single person will either use Facebook or Twitter and update their. However, is it possible that these social networking sites could be used for something more than knowing who is dating who or what someone had for lunch?
According to Schwier (2009), these social networking sites are being used by teachers for the classroom in ways to captivate students attention and create their own learning environments( pg 1). Is is very easy to notice someone online on Facebook chat and send them a message to double check what pages they were supposed to read for English.
The way that education is switching from the typical desk, pen, and paper, is slowly changing. This must be for the better. There is a lot of evidence out there that what the schools are doing is not working. What the schools are doing, is failing our students.
According to this chart, 77% of the people using Facebook are under the age of 25. Excluding people who have out or changed careers, this 77% of Facebook users are the ages that people are in school. I am not saying that schools should take and force students (who will most likely already have a one) to create a Facebook, but to look at the numbers of students using social networking sites and learn from that.