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Teaching Politics Through Facebook

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Filling in at PBS's media infusion, classroom technology expert Kristin Hokanson says the growth of Web 2.0 tools makes this an exciting--and crucial--time to teach kids about the election. After all, much of the campaigning is happening in a space that is familiar to young people:

For the 2008 election, all of the candidates have accounts on [MySpace and Facebook] and many other social networking sites. YouTube You Choose is a common source of political videos and MySpace Decision 08 is reaching out to younger voters.

The job for teachers, Hokanson writes, is to draw out the educational value of it all:

Students, however, don’t always make the connection between their social involvement in political issues and what they are learning in school. With the emergence of the read/write Web, the Web 2.0 world of information and media, students are already using the Internet to express themselves on their personal sites.

She offers links to a number of helpful online teaching resources on the election.

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I think using Facebook/Myspace in the schools is a good way for students to get involved with the election.
Students should want to know more about what is going on in the world around them. They use technology all the time. They use computers at home and also at school so this would be a good idea to do. Students enjoy getting on Facebook/Myspace and are familiar with it so they would enjoy this. This would be a good History project to do, students would enjoy doing something that is familiar to them.

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