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Social networking in school November 28, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Online communities, School, Social Networking.
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Last week I attended a seminar in e-Learning Lab within the Network on ICT and Learning. The topic of the seminar was “Communities of Learning” and international guest Caroline Haythornthwaite presented her interesting thoughts on how to develop and maintain online learning communities. After that some of the members of the network presented their experiences with creating online (e-learning) communities.

One of the practians presenting a case was Tommy Møllegaard Siim from EUC Nordvest (a Danish vocational education centre) who had been engaged in creating a community (or, as I would call it, a social networking site) for the HG students called HG Space. Here, the students can create profiles, chat, blog and upload videos – and the school can post information about school activities, changes in timetables and so on. Also, there is a “wall” displaying cool profiles – very similar to other popular social networking sites.

It is really interesting to see how this school has embraced the concept of social networking – an idea I have been urging many schools to take up during my lectures the last couple of years. And so far, it seems that it has been a real success for ECU Nordvest – at least according to Tommy Møllegaaard Siim and the activity on the site.

Instead of being afraid of online social networking I think that schools should do something similar to this – and turn social networking into something positive which is connected to the school and school activities.

At the moment there is a debate going on in Denmark about the fact that Arto has created a domain called ingencensur.dk which allows students to access Arto even though the site is blocked at their school. This has caused many schools to criticise and rage against Arto.

However, in stead of worrying about their students using social networking sites I think that the schools should embrace social networking or even create their own site, like EUC Nordvest has done. Young people (and the rest of us, hence the popularity of Facebook) have an urge to connect with one another online – so why not within a school setting?

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1. Web 2.0 - Social Media - Internet News - Blogging » Social networking in school - November 28, 2007

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2. Uno De Waal - November 28, 2007

Hey Malene,
this is somewhere that we want to go with our product.

We’re planning on eventually creating a whitelabel schools component that can be rolled out to schools, with small changes etc. The schools can then manage all their users through this one system.

The benefit is that the users/kids can use whatever profile they want to use as authentication – Facebook, myspace, etc etc. Whichever supports some form of open authentication.

Thanks for the example link!

3. Uno De Waal - November 28, 2007

Oh,
by the way, it’s not too diffucult for schools to start this sort of thing with any number of open plugins available at the moment. Joomla has a great plugin called Community Builder that allows this kind of small scale community. Something like Ning is also possible.

4. Malene Charlotte Larsen - November 28, 2007

Hi Uno,

Thanks for your comments. Seems like an interesting way you are taking your product. And with the different open plugins there is no excuse for schools not to create social software environments or communities🙂

5. karendue - December 6, 2007

Hi Malene !

I’m attending a course in Stockholm (though I’m from Denmark like you : )) called GIICOD (Interactive Copy And Design at the educationprogramme GI) at Stockholm University. GIICOD is about studying the individual taking part in the social media. I just made a post about virtual relations on my blog : http://www.virturality.wordpress.com, where I’m linking to your blog. Your blogposts are very related to the GIICOD course, and therefore I thought it was relevant to make a link to your blog. I just wanted to let you know. Feel free to leave a comment on my blog, if you feel inspired. Thanks! Good luck to you from Stockholm

6. Malene Charlotte Larsen - December 6, 2007

Hi Karen,

Thank you for the comment. Your course in Stockholm sounds really interesting and I will definitely check out the website.

Studying the individual taking part in the social media is part of what I am doing in my PhD project on young people using social network sites. I think that social networking is all about a mixture of individuality and social relations.

Anyway, thanks and good luck to you too😀

7. Tommy Møllgaard Siim - December 15, 2007

Hi Malene,

I´m glad that you found interest in hgspace. Its a very dynamic community and I just want to inform you of some of the new features we just put into the system. We have made a new an very smart sms feature where we can reach each other just by typing a message in hgspace and the message will apear on the cell phones. We also made a food ordering system where students can order there lunch 4 weeks ahead and they can pay the food from their phones🙂

8. music - January 7, 2008

very interesting.
i’m adding in RSS Reader

9. Anthony - January 15, 2008

The schools today are just getting so much more fun. Social Networking is even beign brougth to the classroom. What a fun generation to be in today. I am way past that opportunity…sigh….

10. christian Santizo - September 1, 2008

Im starting my own research in Guatemala, its really interesting how social networks differs from the cultural and regional aspects well.. ill be reading ur posts🙂

11. Automotive paint - December 18, 2011

a lot of great blog post, i want it.

12. Nick - March 6, 2012

a lot of great blog post, i want it.


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