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Davis describes the positive and efficient way of using social networking towards the improvement of education. Davis reveals a scenario where students get the chance of chatting with important historic figures, taking part in memorable events such as the signing of the Declaration of independence, as well as playing a vital role in past histories. This immediately grabbed my attention because this article explores a very different possibility, which is the positive integration of social networking and education. I became very doubtful of the article because in my experience, social networking was a distraction from school work, however Davis argues that when used correctly, social networking can effectively increase student’s academic performances, and “engage students who feel at home on such sites”. Davis explains academic social networking sites like “ Edmodo ” provides security that allow students to comfortably
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communicate and interact with their peers and teachers. Such sites features security that only allows conversation between students upon the approval of teachers as well as scanners for inappropriate materials, as a result, “[these] sites provide a distinction between socializing and interaction”. She also points out that these education sites capture the attention of student and encourage a high level of discussion. The sites allow students to share their work and trade feedbacks with each other and thus greatly improve their writing. Davis stresses the importance of communication when sharing work as students often time provide ideas and examples that teachers may not have thought about. As an example Davis provided an example of a fifth grader named Alexander Weinrich who is particularly fond of “ Edmodo ”. Alexander likes using the social networking sites because it lets him focus on schoolwork without the strain and stress it may cause offline. Alexander is allowed to have discussion on books he has been reading and has help with assignments that may be difficult for him. The easy atmosphere and the ability to communicate with his classmate at an instant makes “homework more interesting and not so boring," said Weinrich. However, all these benefit doesn’t come without a price. Davis mentioned that academic social networking sites require a subscription fee, though it may seem as little as $5.00 per person, schools would have to put forward as much as “$5,000 year for services”. Not to fret, for Davis mentioned that “ Edmodo ” is free to use and other academic social sites are working towards a free subscriptions for students.
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