SF teachers learn online social networks

February 24, 2009 6:21:28 PM PST
MySpace, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are some websites used by teenagers. One school district believes it's just as important for teachers to keep up with the pace.

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In a classroom at Lincoln High School, students are using Google to help them write internship resumes, and to develop their social networking skills.

While teens are big users of social and digital media, they may now always know what to do with the information.

"Students have to be aware of where the information is coming from that they are using," said teacher Ben Chun.

Industry experts trained about 20 of them from five San Francisco high schools.

The goal is to learn how blogs, podcasts, search engines and even video games can enhance their curriculum.

"If teachers have that knowledge base, we believe they will have the opportunities to help their students learn and be more excited about their learning have their students have the same opportunities to access and try different pieces of software and programs," said John Rubio from the San Francisco Unified School District.

The idea is to also prepare students for the high tech industry and to compete globally.

The event was sponsored by McCann Worldgroup, an advertising, marketing and public relations firm.

"We are absolutely dependent on having a workforce that really knows how to take advantage of all these great tools to communicate and to find information quickly and efficiently," said Brian Monahan from McCann Worldgroup.

By having more tech savvy teachers, the district is betting students will get a more real-world educational experience.

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