Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Social Media, Risk Averse Administration, and Agriscience Teachers

As many know, I am a huge fan of each of being a digital advocate for school-based agricultural education. Unfortunately, there are several anecdotes I hear from ag teachers who have their administration tell them, "No." and implement restrictive social media policies.

All this in a time when according to a recent survey, mobile technology is becoming more popular in today's classrooms, . A majority of educators -- 86% -- who responded to the survey said mobile technology bolsters student engagement, and 67% said it helps support personalized learning. eSchool News (free registration) (9/3)

A blog I really enjoy following is "Dangerously Irrelevant" by Dr. Scott McLeod. Here is a direct link:  Here is a video of him at a Ted Talk in Iowa talking about Teens and Technology:

He just posted a great post (Cutting off our nose to spite our face) wondering if school administrators restrict conversations that occur at church, the mall or grocery store or limit handwritten notes, etc...

A must read and I am curious to my fellow ag educators thoughts. How can we share with administrators the incredible benefit of community relations and student learning by increasing transparency of inviting others into our teaching and learning processes via social media platforms?

The seem to value those community relationships when bond elections come up, why penalize all for the actions of such a very few?