Social media has hit the news recently with some very interesting applications, it has been used to connect and create revolution to overturn despots. Most notably in Egypt, which has gained the most press coverage, but it also played an important role in the earlier overthrow in Tunisia. These sites became so important that the internet was actually "turned off" in Egypt to prevent the organization of the protesters demanding change. With such broad applications there is no wonder that it is a useful tool for education when applied in a mature and reasonable manner.
These sites connect people quickly and without much effort. Therefore, it can be done from anywhere a person has a computer and internet access. Assignments can be reached from home and parents can stay completely up to date on the school and class activities if the teacher utilizes these sites and keeps them up to date. Also, using blogs and skype can put people in touch with one another over great distances and engages students to use the medium that they are proficient on, such as the computer and these networking sites.
I think it can be seen quite clearly that these sites are powerful tools for organization and for informing people. The connection and attraction they have is undeniable and neglecting the use of them in education only sets up to deny what is taking place around us. Keep the revolution alive!!!