Social networking has become an important vehicle for connecting people, but schools and educators have lagged behind in use. As many schools struggle to develop social-networking policies and ensure student safety, research shows that educators want to harness such tools for learning. The writers of this article cite a study suggesting that schools capitalize on students' interest in social media by determining which sites they most like to use, inform students of free learning opportunities available through social networking and teach them how to create their own blogs.

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