When I started OLTD 506 in September 2013 I was a social media ostrich (Hengstler, 2011) in many ways. I get excited about the possibilities of social media in education and have experimented with a variety of tools without really understanding the importance of guidelines and policy. This was partly due to my own ignorance and partly because my school district at the time did not have a social media policy.
Where I am now
I've taken my head out of the sand in terms of guidelines and policy. Thankfully I now work for a school and district which have strong social media policies and guidelines. These are not modelled on abstinence and don't seek to limit social media use. These guidelines and policies encourage and promote responsible, respectful and ethical use of social media.
Where I'd like to go
I'd like to learn more about social media tools and how they can be used to improve learning and establish networks. George Siemens' work on connectivism reminds me of the importance of networks. As Stephen Downes mentions: "Learning is the creation and removal of connections between the entities, or the adjustment of the strengths of those connections. A learning theory is, literally, a theory describing how these connections are created or adjusted." My art project has inspired some questions I'd like to pursue as I continue to use social media in an educational context.
"If we want to pursue a future that celebrates success not only in terms of abundance but also in terms of humanity, we must help our digital kids balance the individual empowerment of digital technology use with a sense of personal, community, and global responsibility. School is an excellent place to help kids become capable digital citizens who use technology not only effectively and creatively, but also responsibly and wisely."
Jason Ohler, Character Education in the Digital Age
Social media plays a huge role in the people's lives these days - some may even argue that these tools are agents in shaping lives, for better or for worse. The following questions consider how UNESCO's Four Pillars of Education might inform and inspire social media use in education. I'd like to explore answers to these questions as I continue to learn about social media in education.
Questions re: social media use in education inspired by my artistic meditation on OLTD 506
UNESCO, The Four Pillars of Education, Retrieved October 2013 from unesco.org/delors/fourpil.htm