Mark Barnes

The Dangers of E-Mail in Education

Posted in Impact on Education, Web 2.0 by Mark Barnes on March 10, 2010

Not more than a few short years ago, you could e-mail a student and not give it a second thought. As Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at NYU’s business school quickly learned, things have changed.

According to eCampus News, Galloway responded to an angry student’s e-mail with a derisive reply, and shortly thereafter, it was traveling through cyberspace, faster than you can say Sincerely Yours.

Although teachers in the K-12 world are less likely to e-mail students, many do. I certainly have. Stories like this one about Galloway should  make teachers take a moment of pause before responding to any e-mail from a student or parent.

You never know when your e-mail will become the hottest tweet or Facebook post on the Internet.

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