Fears over bullying and improper teacher contact with students are prompting many schools to limit social media sites like Facebook, which critics argue may not be a wise educational move.
Mr. Collins, who teaches at Missouri's Clayton High School, posts between 10 and 15 articles a week on a page he's set up for the class. Students need to read at least one of the articles and write a thoughtful, substantive response that weaves in class material in the comments section below the post.
"I can do things with [the Facebook page] that I absolutely could not do with more mainstream types of teaching," says Collins.
Not surprisingly, Collins was among the many teachers and students who opposed a recent attempt by the Missouri legislature to ban most interactions between teachers and students over social media forums like Facebook. The Missouri law (blocked by a state court in August) was the most sweeping attempt to try to govern the realm of social media in education, but it's hardly unique.
IN PICTURES: Life before Facebook
Increasingly, fears over bullying and improper contact with students are prompting districts and schools to try to regulate the vast world of social media – often, say some educators and technology experts, with too heavy a hand, however well intentioned.
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