Danah Boyd describes in “It’s Complicated” that cultural shifts are often met with “Moral Panic“. Parents in the 1950’s were convinced that Rock and Roll music would corrupt their children, a notion that seems laughable now. This pattern repeats with each successive generation adopting a new reason for parents to overreact and “protect” their children. It used to be television that made teens […]
Category / Social Media
There’s been a recent explosion of educators using social media and blogging. Twitter “gurus” travel from school to school, lining their pockets by “keynoting” that twitter and blogs will transport us to a “21st Century” education system. Many of these new teachers are “connecting” through social media but they have no real understanding of why. Many educators in my own […]
Google “Liz Sandals Twitter” and you’ll notice two things. First, the Ontario Minister of Education isn’t on Twitter. Second, one of the top search results is a blog post I wrote about Liz Sandals not being on Twitter. The minister has provided the perfect illustration of one reason educators can no longer ignore social media. […]
The combination of a minister and staff with no twitter presence and a ministry that’s tweeting less suggests a change in attitudes towards twitter. So what? Does it really matter if the minister and ministry uses twitter? I think it does.