From online social networking communities to digital tools, there are many tools at every school’s disposal. Here are some ways that online networks can change the way a child learns.
How Online Social Networking Facilitates Learning In Schools And Libraries
My son is an avid Twitter user, frequently tweeting as @TurtleBusters, and his age won’t have any effect on his curiosity about the world. But he’s getting older. As he continues his education and while he hangs out at my library, the library can get itself online to host a similar program where children can sit and chat to kids and then other teachers.
When people move from a mom to a dad it’s hard to learn social skills. In my experience, I have found that my sons will listen, but they get loud as soon as I attempt to talk to them. My first time after I moved to the country, my son woke up because his sister’s mattress seemed to be on his face. We wound up spending the morning at her grandparents’ house. I visited the library to thank the librarian for using their Wi-Fi on my day off. When she learned I was going to be walking back to the house after meeting this librarian, she realized that we should have taken a picture so we could later relate the incident.
She was able to keep it interesting.
She did not allow that incident to shape her education, instead, she encouraged my son to inquire about his sister’s injuries. My son entered his middle school. I find that most of the middle school girls are interested in boys. I will get to it later. My interest in girls and willingness to discuss them brought some giggles and she acknowledged this desire by inviting him to sign up for the gay app to see girls. Yes, I have had their cell phone numbers since they were little boys and they have given me permission. There is nothing keeping her from asking them for their cell phone numbers. She used that cell phone to text with my son to also ask about his private parts and also about his demeanor. Even if they don’t respond, it is fun to see an exchange take place between two adults who truly like each other.
He will be invited to come to her house for a discussion about men and masculinity.
While my son may not have become a man yet, that has not kept him from inquiring about gender issues in social media. She is also asking him to question what he is seeing on the internet. And it is probably because of my wife. He was invited to the doctor’s office when he wasn’t feeling well and we noticed a section on the website where he could ask questions about colonoscopies. He did this and as they hooked him up to a camera, we realized that they were asking for his phone number. In the end, the doctor who saw my son laughed about having an 8-year-old’s cell phone in his office and promised to never ask again. He also told us that my son actually looked familiar to him because of the way he ate when he was much younger.
Now, my son has begun to question gender pronouns as he is picking up some more tastes about them from the internet. A few weeks ago, my wife made this announcement to the local library: “Meet your new librarian!” She is deaf but is going to be more active at the children’s department.
There are two girls and two boys at my son’s school. His experience is similar to the experience of my son in eighth grade and also the experience of students at my school. The father in a mother’s home brings more curiosity to the classroom and leads kids to learn. While I don’t expect this trend to end soon, I do hope that it progresses in our society.