Education

Facebook: Agent of Change?

February 18, 2009 1 min read

Will Richardson of Weblog-ed is beginning to think that Facebook might be a viable tool for driving change in schools. Facebook has an enormous user base, comprised of an older demographic than you might think.

The numbers right now are pretty compelling. Six hundred thousand new users PER DAY, and fully three-quarters of the 175 million users are over 25. In fact, the fastest growing segment is women over 55. Whoda thunk that?
I read that as a whole lot of parents and teachers are dipping their toes in the pool and at least beginning to come to terms with social networks … I can’t help but think this conversation for reform which includes teaching kids how to learn in networked publics and online communities will be given a boost by their participation.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.