The Economist has a special report (January 30th. 2010) on “A world of connections. A special report on social networking” which gives an in-dept account of the many issues involved in the rise of social networking online. Nothing here specifically for education but a general understanding of the subject will help if and when we attempt to apply social networking to schooling. My favourite quote from the article (page 14): “An astonishing amount of time is being wasted on investigating the amount of time being wasted on social networks” which leads to the question of NETworking or NOTworking! Maybe the concept of what work is, is changing. That, of course, implies that our ideas of what teaching is may also need reviewing. Meanwhile, it remains far too common to find teachers shaking their heads while the Net is down, not working and neither are their students.
Networking or Notworking?