Walled Gardens are an invisible fence that schools put between students and social networking sites to protect their students and networks. Students should not be shielded from the world, and should instead be taught appropriate strategies that will help to protect them from inappropriate language, people and websites.
Educators can implement social networking into their lesson plans that will allow students to collaborate with other students and teachers outside of the classroom, while also practicing safe and appropriate social networking skills. A few strategies that could be used:
- Blog regularly about what they learned in class and reply appropriately
- Post pictures of projects for review and update accordingly
- Collaborate with others to solve problems and share solutions
- Complete group projects
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