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Twitter, Wikipedia, Blogging, and Podcasting To Be Taught in UK Schools

Twitter to Be Taught in School: What Else Should Be Taught?

Remember back to the subjects you were taught in school; imagine then if you'd sat through a class on Twitter; learned the ins and outs of Wikipedia. That's the future my friends, at least in Britain: it seems that Twitter, Wikipedia, podcasting, and blogging will be taught in UK schools.

This will all be taught before the age of 11, and while, sure, we don't know how long the first two services will be around in their present incarnations, I suppose it's not entirely shocking that the curriculum is changing to reflect the times. There is a mention of "keyboard skills" as well, and I assume that means typing, which is a necessary skill to have these days, but there are also plenty of other tech-related subjects our kids could stand to learn.

My suggestions? Learning the value of privacy in an increasingly transparent online world. Oh, and where and when not to text message.


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kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I'm all for things of this nature in a communications class or in a "career" seminar type class. Because of how integrated technology is in both our personal and professional lives, it will be key for students to learn how best to communicate using them.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Ridiculous. And seriously, by the time they are teaching twitter it will be the equivalent of showing them how to use an electric typewriter. Teach the standards but incorporate current technology. I wouldn't however mind them reinforcing internet privacy, internet etiquette and the like. We just had a local scandal with a eighth grade girl "sexting" which means she sent nude pics of herself to others on her phone. EIGHTH GRADE!
HLHArts HLHArts 8 years
Although I agree that our children need to be up on the latest technology, I hardly think school is the place for Twitter. At least not until our children are universally reading and writing at appropriate levels and able to pass some basic standardized testing as well.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
What the f ***? Aren't there like more importsnt things to teach children?? Tvjunkie is so right
Food Food 8 years
I'm with tvjunkie. I don't really think Twitter should be a top priority in schools... there are many other things to tackle first.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't know about teaching Twitter to young kids, though I believe it should be taught in school when they actually are legally able to join on their own - age 13 and up. Either way, teach them ethics and privacy and all those other things that can be applied to other realms first. Sure, you can learn how to read and write and text and all this, those are just technicalities. Where problems come up is with etiquette and know what legally you can and can't do, what kinds of pictures will get you in trouble, etc.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Embrace technology... if you don't its doubtful you will have a job or will be able to live an active social life. Plus, networking sites and Twitter are extremely important for marketing purposes... so I think its a great thing to learn. My poor mom will probably lose her job at Nabisco because everything is going to the internet and she can barely type (she's been there 12 years or more). So sad...
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Oh no... :oy: I also agree with tvjunkie.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Amen tvjunkie.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 8 years
Teach the kids proper language skills first. They should not be using all that short hand crap or replacing y's for i's and other vowels to sound cool. The internet should increase a person's knowledge not decrease their ability to act like a proper human being. End rant
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
In an semi-related story, next week our office is having a lecture of using social networking sites for the office. I don't know if it's productive for work though, but we'll see.
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