Comment on Larry Cuban’s Blog: Facebook, Friends, and Online Schooling

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Facebook, Friends, and Online Schooling | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice.

I think he’s right.

That does not mean that FB is a waste of time or the online learning doesn’t work, although both are true at times. It means the relationships formed online are different from those formed f2f.

A FB ‘friend’ is not automatically a real friend. Real friendship (as well as lasting teacher-student relationships) are formed, like he says, over time. I think it is possible to build real friendships online, but just like in real life, it takes time. I suspect that it takes considerably MORE online time than it would in RL.

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