After reading the article posted on Mrs. Wideen’s blog, titled Using Social Media as a Teaching Tool, I am still very skeptical. I see how it has worked with her specific students, but I am also taking into account that this blog post was posted in the middle of 2014. Thinking about our current times with social media, I would not be comfortable with my students having access to information in a manner that they should not be exposed to it. Having a Twitter account myself, I am constantly seeing suggested tweets and accounts to follow, regardless of if I asked to see those suggestions. Even if the students are only asked to use their Twitter accounts for educational purposes and are taught Social Media Etiquette, a teacher cannot predict that the application will not insert non-intended information onto their feed.
If I were a 4th grade teacher or higher, I would feel comfortable using Social Media in my classroom. Any grade below that, I would be extremely skeptical. If I were to see firsthand how effective this teaching tool can be, perhaps my opinion could be swayed. As for now, I applaud those teachers who are able to incorporate Social Media effectively and safely into their classroom.