“Social schedulers” next wave in PSE technology

August 30, 2013

The popularity of online “social schedulers” like WikiRoster and Scheedule is growing among high school and PSE students in North America, reports the Globe and Mail. These interactive tools, often linked to Facebook, allow students to post and compare class schedules in order to take the same classes or have the same breaks as their friends. According to one UBC sociology professor, “social schedulers are the next step for students empowering themselves with technology,” as students continue to become consumers of PSE. The sites urge collaborative learning through social networking, and can help alleviate first-day anxieties and feelings of depression, suggest some. Others note the downside of not being connected to school administrations, therefore causing headaches for school staff when students insist on scheduling changes. Globe and Mail