Of course, as with any new technological learning system aid, a shiny new toy only has value as long as it offers something new in terms of functionality. And in order to tap into the possibilities that social networking sites offer to LMS and classroom learning systems, they need to be understood by the educators themselves.
Stephen Carrick-Davies, the chief executive of Childnet International, said it well: “The phenomenal speed at which the internet is developing and the rapid take up of new web 2.0 services by young people can be challenging. However, it’s vital that all of us really take the time to understand the way students are using the latest technology, the various features of these new services and appreciate how these new tools can aid good social interaction and learning.”
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