Facebook is Not Ruining Student Grades, Study Says
The latest of several studies to look into the relationship between Facebook use and low grades has a counterintuitive twist — some kinds of Facebook use are correlated withhigher GPAs.
“Facebook use in and of itself is not detrimental to academic outcome,” says study author Reynol Junco, a professor at the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. “It depends how it’s used.”
All Facebook activities do not have the same relationship with grades. Posting status updates and using Facebook chat generally mean a lower GPA, while checking to see what friends are up to and sharing links suggest a higher GPA. In other words, social Facebook activities were correlated with lower grades and information-related Facebook activities were correlated with higher grades.
From my experience, if you are thinking about outsourcing your social media, you may want to reconsider:
1. You know your school’s story best
2. Your “experts” are already at your fingertips
3. Agencies aren’t anymore “in-the-know” than you
4. Agencies and consultants can be expensive
5. The Secret
Want to be let in on a little secret the social media experts don’t want you to know?
The truth is, there is no secret. That’s right, there’s no magic pill or formula that is going to launch your school to social media stardom. And more importantly it’s not about you, as much as it is about them.
Missouri lawmakers on Sept. 23 passed and sent to the governor a bill designed to refriend Facebook and other electronic media for thousands of Missouri’s teachers and students.
Not everyone, however, has decided to “like” it–including Gov. Jay Nixon, who wants to hear what teachers and school boards think.
The Missouri House overwhelmingly passed a repeal of an earlier law barring most private electronic contact between teachers and students, including exchanges on social media websites such as Facebook.
But the new bill does more than just repeal the so-called Facebook law. It also requires local school districts to adopt their own policies by next March, “to prevent improper communications between staff members and students.”
FCC opens access to social media sites for educators
Now that even the staid Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has loosened its tight rein on social media networks, it’s time for more educators to use these tools to improve classroom instruction and home-school communications.
In August, the FCC clarified an earlier ruling that led to widespread blocking of social media networks by school districts receiving discounted internet access through federal e-Rate dollars.
By clarifying that schools can allow access to social media websites without violating the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and risk losing coveted e-Rate dollars for telecommunications, the FCC opened access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other top social media sites for instructional use.
Social Media Sites Can Improve Student Education, Says Research
Spending time on social media sites, such as Facebook, can help students do better in school, according to new research by an education professor at University of Maryland.
In a survey of 600 low-income high school students, Christine Greenhow found that students build bonds when they connect with school friends on social networking sites. She said she focused on low-income students because research on this group is lacking but necessary for creating more equal learning opportunities.
“When kids feel connected and have a strong sense of belonging to the school community, they do better in school,” Greenhow told the investigative reporting website California Watch. Read more…