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Interactive Media in the Classroom

BGT Partners in Miami defines social media as "Business Interactive Media."  It's not just social.
"Social media" is a misnomer.  The websites that began as a way to share social information have expanded.

These places are about business now.

and any Web 2.0 feature (such as a Wordpress blog) has a place in the Global Skills classroom

Here is a quote from a website

Social Awareness: More Facebooking and Twittering
Like it or not social networking looks like it's here to stay. Rather than fight the movement Stephen Canipe said the K-12 sector should embrace social networking and use it to its advantage. "In 2012 we're definitely going to see more of it," said Canipe, a program director at Minneapolis-based Walden University's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. "Both in terms of traditional sites [like Facebook and Twitter] and social bookmarking sites [such as Delicious and Diigo]." Using Diigo, for example, teachers can set up electronic reading lists and post assignments that students can access on their own time and without having to be reminded via email about the postings. And unlike public social networking sites, these bookmarking options can be made private. That's a particularly important point for the K-12 sector, and Canipe said he expects social networking use to continue to grow across the sector. "These tools enable collaborative learning," said Canipe, "without putting more work on the teacher's plate."

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Guidelines for a high school

Here are some suggested limits on the use of social INTERACTIVE MEDIA in the school.

1)  A SPECIAL ROOM:  when possible, put the Facebook / Youtube / interactive Media computers in a separate room.

2)  Create SPECIFIC EVENTS and activities, such as writing reviews of sites or leaving comments with linking verbs.   

3) Make it clear that working on Facebook is a discipline and a chore.   There are specific steps to take:  drafting a review, spellchecking, posting it, following up to make sure the review is accepted, keeping a copy of the review for credit from a teacher.   The discipline is to revere the words in a review the way we would protect and bakcup words for a  report.

4)  Encourage collaboration.   One of the seven global skills recommended by Tony Wagner of Harvard, "working together" is an important skill.  Perhaps students can work together to "like" each other's pages and submissions to other pages to raise awareness of issues.