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Social Networking and Teaching

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Simply put, Social Networking is big business.  In regards to schooling, there are high gains and big risks.
Social Networking holds a significant skill-set which is increasingly becoming an important part of contemporary life. Students need to learn how to effectively and efficiently employ the tools for their working life. How do students gain the required skills set whilst advancing the required subject knowledge? Social Networking has added complexity to the teaching environment. It is not a question of open exploration, suck and see, or for the teacher to step aside and assume the role of a friend. The interconnecting role of a teacher and student should not be compromised. Teachers are the experts who set standards, who hold the knowledge required, who provide an instructional environment that enabled clarity of purpose. 
This is not the era for teachers to provide a fuzzy environment where students have to guess what they need to know or are graded without knowledge of standards.…