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Tom Baker writer
Tom Baker Staff Writer
Derby, UK

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Holly Seddon admin
Holly Seddon Editor-in-chief of Kent, UK

Yes, why not?

Or my more detailed answer: Tumblr is one of many social tools that, with the right teacher, can excite kids and help further their learning.

Tumblr is often referred to as a 'blogging platform' but it's more of a social network than that, which makes it a great way for teachers to share knowledge and learn from their contemporaries. Its simplicity makes it very simple for youngsters to use, although of course the social elements mean the usual common sense e-safety advice should go hand in hand with its use.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Greg Garner expert
Greg Garner Educational Technologist Austin, US
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As it stands now, I don't think we can say definitively "yes" or "no." What classroom? What age group? What is the purpose of integrating Tumblr?

All technology is a tool to be used. Using Tumblr (or Instagram or Facebook or Twitter) simply for the "relevance factor" completely misses the point. There is a lot of questionable content on Tumblr that even Tumblr says shouldn't be there. It's a problem that would give me serious pause before opening that avenue to my students. At the elementary level (age 5-11) I think it's completely inappropriate. At the middle level (ages 11-14) it's questionable at best. There are too many other great tools available to us that aren't going to warrant some of the social ills that currently plague Tumblr.

That being said, there are certainly some interesting, engaging ways that it could be utilized, particularly given appropriate oversight and parameters. To think about this in another way: Would you use Reddit in the classroom?

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Opinion 4 years ago

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Fact 4 years ago
Kristin Bennett McNeely
Kristin Bennett McNeely Techie Designer Mom Seattle, Washington

I am so excited that I figured out using tumblr for keeping track of my kids artwork recently...all my little artists seem to bring me piles of artwork daily and while I love every little bit, if I kept it all then I would be buried! I recently created 2 tumblr blogs for my older two kids and when they draw something sweet I click a picture with my phone and post it there. I love it. I would love a password protected on that had content from my kids teachers too, but I think that would be to be more protected...oh and my kids are 7, 4, 2.

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Experience 4 years ago

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