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Merrimack college think tank social media in schools


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Presentation to Eastern MA administrators and guidance counselors regarding the need to integrate social media/web 2.0 tools into our schools to help create more engaged classrooms

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Merrimack college think tank social media in schools

  1. 1. What is the mission of public schools? Merrimack College Think Tank April 27, 2011
  2. 2. Massachusetts Board ofElementary and Secondary Education Mission StatementIf we continue to block sites like Facebook, YouTube, andTwitter what parts of this need to be modified?The mission of the Massachusetts Boardof Elementary and Secondary Educationis to strengthen the Commonwealthspublic education system so that everystudent is prepared to succeed inpostsecondary education, compete in theglobal economy, and understand therights and responsibilities of Americancitizens, and in so doing, to close allproficiency gaps.
  3. 3. Burlington High School Mission Statement
  4. 4. Some questions for you• Why is it important for students to use social media to “connect”?• What impact will it have on their school?• What impact will it have on their futures?• What impact will it have on all of our futures?
  5. 5. If we truly believed these mission statements we would... • show students how to edit their privacy settings and use groups in Facebook instead of banning online social networks because they’re ‘dangerous’ and/or ‘frivolous’ • teach students to understand and contribute to the online information commons rather than ‘just saying no’ to Wikipedia • put a robust digital learning device into every student’s hands (or let them bring and use their own) instead of pretending that we live in a pencil notebook paper and ring binder worldClick here for the complete list from Scott McLeod’s Big Think Blog
  6. 6. " Please stop waiting for a map, wereward those who draw maps, notthose who follow them."- Seth Godin (Poke the Box)
  7. 7. Questions????
  8. 8. Contact Us:Eric Conti - Superintendent, Burlington Public Schoolse-mail - conti@burlington.mec.edublog - Burlington Superintendent’s Blogtwitter - @ericcontiPatrick Larkin - Principal, Burlington High Schoole-mail - larkin@burlington.mec.edublog - Burlinton High School Principal’s Blogtwitter - @bhsprincipal