I have often had conversations with colleagues about the use of facebook in the classroom not by the lecturers but the students who appear to be addicted to it. Have a look at this list about those who could be addicted to social networking . http://rapidbi.com/management/the-dangers-of-social-networking-in-2010/   I have looked on the internet for some information about facebook and of course there is an enormous amount. There is articles about using facebook in the classroom and why that is a good idea and reasons why it isn’t.  For older students http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/08/facebook-as-an-instructional-technology-tool/  http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/32/3/39458556.pdf and for  school classrom  http://teachandreflect.wordpress.com/2010/03/   Blogs and statistics about who uses facebook and why. http://www.firstrate.co.nz/blog/facebook-new-zealand-demographics-age-distribution-and-gender/    http://www.famecount.com/facebook-rank/New%20Zealand    Articles about the dangers of social networking which includes facebook and how they can be used to introduce spyware and malware.   http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/020310-social-media-risks-the.html Of course there is the ever present danger of predators using social networking sites for malicious purposes. Also there is  currently a new movie about Mark Zuckerberg the creator of facebook very interesting reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg  

Finally something about twitter  http://mrslwalker.com/index.php/2009/03/29/nine-great-reasons-why-teachers-should-use-twitter/

There is a lot of information to read but hopefully this will add to the discussions so have a look at some of it if you can.

I have asked Herve Carpentier from Manukau Institute of Technology who lectures in Network security and Network engineering, he will talk about the negative aspects of Facebook. While Ross Buchan from Otago Polytechnic CLC’s (Community Learning Centre) who works with students showing them computing skills using MS Office uses Facebook and twitter for social networking and as part of the marketing for the CLC.  Once they have finished talking we can have a discussion on how or if it can be used for our gain as businesses and educators.

 The Elluminate meeting is on the 18 November 4pm for all those who can join us.   http://tinyurl.com/2u7h9pe