Harriet pointed me to a Converge Online article about a study that uncovered the educational benefits of social networking. The basics of it are that MySpace allows lower income students to learn web design, programming, and digital technology. I guess the assumption is that rich kids already know this stuff? Oh, yeah – people still believe that digital native rubbish.
Kidding aside, I think that maybe you can infer that all students are learning these skills, and MySpace is helping that. I would have liked to see them study some pedagogical and constructivism factors using MySpace, as well as other sites like Facebook. But it’s great that some of the benefits of social networking are getting some more recognition.
Great article – thanks Harriet!