Digital kids ditch homework for networking

I began my training as a Glow mentor last week. One of the tools that will be available is called Glow Groups which can be used by online communities of people with shared interests, as meeting places, as a virtual classroom and as shared areas for learning and collaboration.

Glow Groups can be set up to represent a range of interests both academic and social. This would benefit, for example, Standard Grade Maths classes, all Primary 4 pupils in a school or a school football team.

Creating a Glow Group sets up a virtual space in Glow. This space can be used to house discussions, send information to group members, store documents and record events on a calendar. Other functions include web conferencing and chat rooms.

When Glow gets up and running in East Lothian – next academic session we hope – then we can tap in to the way that our young people learn: through collaborating and connecting with each other as the following link describes.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/mar/03/socialnetworking

British 15-to-19-year-olds admit spending significantly less time doing homework than they used to as a result of their use of social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo, according to research published today.

While teachers and parents will be dismayed, the 2008 Digital Entertainment Survey also makes uncomfortable reading for commercial TV executives. It shows that not only does a significant proportion of the important 15- to 19-year-old audience watch less television as a result of social networking, but that the vast majority of Britain’s 15-to-54-year-olds fast-forward through adverts when they watch programmes they have recorded.