This week’s blog prompt was to create a debate on using a certain technology in the Classroom. My partner, Danae Andrie, and I are arguing about the use of Twitter in schools. I will act as a parent, and Danae will act as a teacher.
Following are my arguments:
“Twitter is a social media and will only distract students and parents from the education taking place.” As I’m sure we all know from our own experiences with students and young people, students tend to stray from class discussions and activities to use their devices. They will sneak a text under their desk, or even play Candy Crush throughout a lecture. Allowing Twitter to enter the classroom will only make it more difficult for the teacher to distinguish between learning time and socializing time.
“Twitter unsupervised will lead to bullying.” Promoting the use of any social network will only lead to more bullying, including cyber-bullying. Without proper regulation of these sites bullying will increase in the school. Tweets can be retweeted easily by anyone and reach a wide audience – which is exactly what cyber-bullies want.
“Not every one has Twitter or can afford devices for easy access to the site.” It is easy to forget in our modern society that not everyone can afford the expensive devices (i.e. laptop, iPad, iPhone – any smart phone or tablet, etc.) because so often we see children, yes children, with these devices. Since the schools cannot afford to supply these devices for their students, both in and out of school, using an app that requires such a device will only increase the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Students who come from lower economic classes and backgrounds will end up falling behind academically simply because their family cannot afford these devices.
“Not everyone understands how to use Twitter.” Twitter can be used in a lot of different ways, but not everyone knows about these capabilities and protocols. Simply re-tweeting someone incorrectly could be used against a student in an academic setting (i.e. the student could be accused of plagiarism from copying someone else’s thoughts). This means that using an application that is supposed to benefit one’s learning could actually cost them their credibility.