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Social media’s impact in schools

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
August 5th, 2013

More districts are encouraging social media in schools.

When it comes to social media in schools, most students don’t hesitate to collaborate with one another. But some schools and districts still worry about safety and responsible use. A new infographic lays out just how frequently, and in what ways, social media is being used in the classroom.

Ninety-six percent of students with internet access said they use social networking technology, and 56 percent of those students talk about education-related topics while they’re online. Fifty percent of students who use social networking to talk about education said they talk specifically about schoolwork.

Between 2004 and 2009, the amount of time that kids ages 2 through 11 spend online has increased by 63 percent. Three-fourths of students in grades 7-12 have at least one social media profile.

(Next page: How many schools and districts encourage students and teachers to use social networking?)

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2 Responses to “Social media’s impact in schools”

adityaremind101
August 5, 2013

Another powerful tool in classroom communication is text messaging and using it for parental and student engagement. Remind101 (disclaimer, I work there) lets teachers communicate safely (no personal information is exchanged) with students and parents via text for free.