I am not sure what I hope to learn from this social media class, except to try and make sense of it all, any why does it matter to me. Problems I am wrestling with is how can anyone keep all of these sites going and keep sane? If you watched your Twitter feed and respond to a few, kept up your blog on your perspective on life, email, texting, Face book, etc (ad nausea)….where do you fit in your “real work” during the day.
As an IT technology specialist for a high school with a population of over 1200 students (9 thru 12) with a generous mix of autistic and special Ed kids – administration and staff to troubleshoot for, my day is pretty full. Troubleshooting consumes my online time, searching for solutions to unique problems that only a school system would create.
I would like to understand why having a Twitter account would be go to have or not. Blogs and Wiki’s are useful for posting various thoughts or helpful hints to followers who I would hope would be teachers. But the biggest obstacle a K-12 school setting is the restrictions imposed on the education community my State and local (i.e. school board, administration, etc) opinions. You tube (both good and bad) is unavailable; Twitter is off (texting on steroids); blogging is limited (too great a possibility of bullying); Facebook (no); texting (test cheating, classroom distractions); cell phones (too easy to post fights, dress code violations, anything capturable by the camera in the phone); etc, etc, etc.
Opinion (baring neck) – It sometimes feels as though the University community is living in a bubble. Isolated from the real world. Eagerly trying out all of the new wonders of the moment, touting their greatness…only to discard them for the next great wonder. While in the K-12 and corporate arenas, these new wonders are regarded in suspicion. Tested on a remote island of the K-12/corporate world before limiting their possible use.
Don’t misunderstand me, as I can ramble on occasion, I think Technology is great, a fun time can be had by all….but this Technology is evolving faster than most humans can grasp the basics, let alone become a “master”. Some will shine brighter with their understanding and use, while the most of us struggle with a lame attempt to use the latest technology, just to keep up appearances.