Tech companies can provide snacks for their employees without worrying that people will spend all day gorging themselves at the snack bar. So why don’t companies and schools trust that if they give people access to social media that they won’t spend all day on Facebook? I like the analogy here.
This issue is all about trust. Schools don’t trust students or teachers to do the right thing. Companies don’t trust employees. but the problem lies not with the technology, but with with setting expectations and ensuring those expectations are met. When a company blocks access to social media, it is blocking access to its own future growth and when a school blocks access to social media it is blocking access to a student’s future growth.