Why should we use social networking for educational purposes?

—¾ of online teens use social networking sites regularly—½ talk about educational topics and schoolwork!—Schools are expected to take advantage of powerful educational tools including new technology and social networks’s—Social networks are increasingly being used in businesses and universities for communication and collaboration—Schools need to equip students with the skills needed to use social networks appropriately and effectively and how to present themselves online—Social networking is not a fad—We live in a social world and schools need to reflect this—Parents have positive high expectations about the role of social networking in students’ lives including:—Social networks introduce students to a wide and diverse range of students—Social networking helps students express themselves better creatively —Social networking develops global relationships—Improves conflict resolution and social skills—Just as educators select and incorporate books into the curriculum, the same should be happening with social networking