- Quote: It is time we step back and look at social media in a historical and political context, examining where social media comes from, and what kind of educational applications we can expect to see as it becomes part of the mainstream. Even before social media came along, those who are critical of the current role of education in our societies claimed that the system is churning out not free thinkers, but compliant workers and consumers. I am suggesting that without a fundamental shift, social media will eventually end up contributing to that outcome.
Does social media facilitate study or instruction?
Does social media eliminate the need for individual teachers or mentors by becoming itself an aggregated teacher?
Does social media train consumers or educate critical thinkers?
Does social media undermine the power of local communities to choose their own educational policies?
Does social media contribute to the irrelevancy of the local?
Does social media make the classsroom obsolete?
What power do educational technologists and learning designers have to effect change in education?
Note: Some compelling questions being asked by Ulises Mejias. I’m half tempted to throw each of them up on a separate wiki page and invite discussion…
– post by willrich