Should teachers and students connect through social media?

educationdive | September 09, 2019

Studies show that 50% of students have social media accounts by age 12 and 83% of students have their own cell phone by the time they reach middle school. But allowing teachers and students to connect with one another through social media opens the door to inappropriate relationships and potential abuse, eSchool News reports.The problem is especially concerning as 70% of teens, according to research, tend to hide their online activity from parents through various apps designed for the purpose, a factor that child sexual abusers tend to use to their advantage, the article said.
To prevent potential abuse or questionable relationships between students and teachers, experts recommend that school districts only allow contact between teachers and students through district electronic platforms and only on district-provided devices that restrict access to social media apps. They also recommend that school districts prohibit teachers and students from communicating through calls, texts, personal email accounts, or social media, and that teachers avoid posting inappropriate images or personal information on public social media accounts.

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Two recent studies by Cengage Learning identify the four unique types of students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses, and the three types of instructors who teach them. From self-reliant doers and resourceful strugglers to tech-savvy instructors, find out which group matches your personality. Actively try to understand how well students are understanding material at all stages of the course Often use PowerPoint slides Regularly require students to hand in their work.

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Two recent studies by Cengage Learning identify the four unique types of students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses, and the three types of instructors who teach them. From self-reliant doers and resourceful strugglers to tech-savvy instructors, find out which group matches your personality. Actively try to understand how well students are understanding material at all stages of the course Often use PowerPoint slides Regularly require students to hand in their work.

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