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Social Networks in Schools

2014/01/23

Social Networks are a great way to stay connected with people far and near. So great in fact, that a lot of us have forgotten our own phone numbers. We can create records of our daily lives. From weddings, to vacations, or even lunch. So creating a record of our learning makes a lot of sense as well. That's why schools are utilizing technology to connect teachers and parents in ways that were never before possible. However, services like Facebook or Twitter are not quite fine-tuned for school needs. With privacy and ownership problems, they're not quite appropriate venues for the academic world. One of the most successful academic social networks is Storypark.
Built for education, it provides a venue for family and teachers to communicate. Using a format that is student-centeric, teachers or parents (even students themselves) can write updates about their learning. This way a teacher is able to involve family into the student's learning, and leave a portfolio of that student's progress. Attaching keywords to stories that relate to different subjects, or learning objectives. You can attach media to stories too, like audio of student's reading in English, or videos of their role-play conversations.It's a great way to reinforce their learning, and give extra motivation and meaning to their English studies.

If an academic social network is something you think your school would benefit from, send them to the Storypark Japanese Information Page to learn more. It might be awkward to become friends with your students on Facebook, so an academic social network is a great way to get them typing in English!


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