Tonight I linked to Twitter and found a debate about Facebook and Holocaust denial;
This added to some thoughts I had already had about the readings we have this week. It was the discussion about the rush to blog in classrooms that made me think about how education seems to use technology. There is the run and hide; oh I am no good at technology and it is all corrupting and damages the brain, or , lets use it as this will reach the students who feel excluded from education, without any thought at all. I was at a meeting last summer, about Key Skills (English, Maths & ICT), when there was a discussion about using Facebook to post completed work. It never happened but at the time there was such a shocked response from staff we did not even argue. Looking back I wonder if at the first meeting it was a blog site that was suggested and then through translation it became ‘Facebook’. Oh yes that will make students who cannot write suddenly write an essay with no more that 3 spelling or grammar mistakes! Imagine that had happened, somehow we are submitting work via Facebook, then Facebook becomes involved in a debate about Holocaust Denial. Oh whoops. Which brings me to the next Facebook/Education debate of the day. A blog (yes one of those) by my children’s Headmaster pointed out that you can leave an anonymous message, on Facebook, about what you really think about someone else. This, he suggested, could be a simple way to start cyber bullying. Now I don’t know about secret messages or how to do this so I would be interested to know if this was true or not. Getting back to my original point, there was a rush to blog, a rush to use Facebook, perhaps there should be a rush to check whether it was the being able to write makes the difference rather than where you write.